The Country Music Association revealed Eddie Bayers, Ray Charles, Pete Drake and The Judds as 2021 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame this morning.
A formal induction ceremony for the newly-announced inductees will take place at the CMA Theater located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on a to-be-determined date.
Bayers and Drake will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician” category, while Charles will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Naomi and daughter Wynonna (aka The Judds) will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category.
“The works of this year’s inductees span crucial timestamps of Country Music history,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Trahern. “This impressive career landmark is the pinnacle of accomplishment in Country Music and I’m so proud to see Eddie, Ray, Pete, Naomi and Wynonna getting their much-deserved plaques on the wall of the Rotunda. Today’s fans and generations to come will forever be reminded of the distinct impact each made on this genre.”
The Hall of Fame Class of 2020, including Dean Dillon, Marty Stuart and Hank Williams Jr. are scheduled to be formally inducted this November, pending public health guidance and the state of the pandemic.