The red carpet was rolled out as Ferlin Husky & Billy Sherrill were honored as HOF members

Ferlin Husky and Billy Sherrill were welcomed into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a near two-hour Medallion Ceremony on May 23. You can watch my story that aired on news 2 above. If the video player isn’t showing, click the headline of this blog.

For the first time, the ceremony took place in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s Curb Conservatory. The event’s customary home, the Museum’s Ford Theater, is undergoing repair of damages received during Nashville’s recent catastrophic flood.

Considered country music’s most prestigious night, the Medallion Ceremony represents the official induction of new Hall of Fame members.

Other Hall of Fame members attending the ceremony to welcome the two new members were Bill Anderson, Harold Bradley, Jim Foglesong, Vince Gill, Sonny James, George Jones, members of the Jordanaires (Louis Nunley, Gordon Stoker, Ray Walker and Curtis Young), Barbara Mandrell, Charlie McCoy, Frances Preston, Charley Pride, Earl Scruggs, Mel Tillis, Jo Walker-Meador and Bud Wendell.

Those paying tribute to Husky included songwriter Dallas Frazier, who performed “Freckles and Polliwog Days,”; Ronnie McDowell with the Jordanaires and 87-year-old soprano Millie Kirkham, who performed “Gone,” Husky’s classic #1 hit from 1957; Ricky Skaggs and the Whites, who performed Husky’s crossover hit “Wings of a Dove,” a #1 from 1960; and Webb Wilder, who performed “I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywhere’s Else),”. Live performances began with Vince Gill joining the Settles Connection choir in performing “Oh Happy Day,” backed by the Medallion All-Star Band.

Those paying tribute to Sherrill included Shelby Lynne, who performed “Stand by Your Man,” a #1 hit from 1968 recorded by Tammy Wynette and co-written (with Wynette) and produced by Sherrill; Ronnie Milsap, who performed “The Most Beautiful Girl,” a #1 hit from 1973 recorded by Charlie Rich and co-written (with Norro Wilson) and produced by Sherrill; Craig Morgan, who performed “Almost Persuaded,”; and Lee Ann Womack, who performed “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a #1 hit in 1980 produced by Sherrill.

Country music stars Jimmy Dean and Don Williams, who were elected into the Hall of Fame along with Husky and Sherrill, will be officially inducted at a separate Medallion Ceremony on October 24.

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