The Country Music Association announced this year's inductee class for the Country Music Hall Of Fame on Monday, April 22. The late Hank Cochran will become part of the Songwriter category, while Mac Wiseman and Ronnie Milsap will be inducted into the Veteran and Modern fields, respectively.
Each year, the organization vows to keep the traditional of country music in tack, by honoring those industry tastemakers that have defied the odds and made a mark on the genre. For the Modern category, the artist must have gained national prominence more than 20 years ago; in the Veteran category, inductees must have achieved prominence more than 45 years ago.
Cochran's songwriting legacy is quite admirable, as one of the most successful songwriters in history. Some of his best work includes “Make the World Go Away” and “I Fall to Pieces” (both works that have been recorded by more than 100 singers), “Don’t Touch Me,” “The Chair,” “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” “I Fall to Pieces," “She’s Got You” and “Make the World Go Away."
Known as "The Voice With A Heart," Wiseman is a bluegrass vocalist to his core. His catalog has transcended genres and time and is considered one of the finest storytellers to-date. He's most known for his interpretations of such classics as “Shackles and Chains,” “Jimmy Brown the Newsboy,” “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight,” and “Love Letters in the Sand.” In addition to his solo work, he has filled in roles as Flatt & Scruggs sideman, along with Bill Monroe, and a collaborative vocalist with Molly O'Day, among other positions.
One of the most commanding vocalists of country music, Milsap has six Grammy Awards, four CMA honors and 35 No. 1 hits to his name. He straddled a fine line between pop, country, blues and funk, becoming one of the most sought after performers of the 1970s-90s era. To-date, he also has even gold-certified albums, as well as platinum or multi-platinum Greatest Hits collections.
CMA created this honor, often seen as the highest honor in country music, to honor those in the creative and business communities.