Lady Antebellum will soon be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The honor is especially meaningful to Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, who grew up in the southern state.
CMT reported on Friday that Lady A will celebrate the honor with fellow inductees Jeff Foxworthy, Wet Willie, Collective Soul’s Ed Roland, blues singer Francine Reed, late gospel artist Wally Fowler and record label founder Ed Beard. The latest inductees’ honors include recognition for performing, spoken word, group performance, songwriting and more.
MusicRow quotes Dave Haywood as saying:
We’ve never been a part of something like this before,” said Lady A’s Haywood. “It’s pretty special hearing the words ‘Lady Antebellum’ and ‘hall of fame’ in the same sentence. We really feel honored to be included.
It’s easy to understand why the members of Lady Antebellum would feel so honored. Even though the band has received worldwide recognition, eight GRAMMY awards, seven ACM awards, six CMA Awards and a host of other industry awards, there’s something very special about being honored in the state where you grew up and dreamed of one day making it big in the music industry.
Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood had attended school together in Georgia. When Charles Kelley moved to Nashville to pursue country music full time, he invited Dave Haywood to make the move with him and team up to write songs. Soon after, Hillary Scott was invited to join the group and by the following year, the band’s first single “Love Don’t Live Here” was climbing the Hot Country Songs chart. The rest, as they say, is history.
According to Georgia Music Magazine, two entities preside over the induction process for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The Georgia Senate Music Industry Committee and a non-profit organization, Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc., review the nominations and determine the final inductees for the year. Anyone can make a nomination, but the nominee must have lived in Georgia for at least one year and received a state national acclaim for achievements in the field of recorded music. The person making the nomination must be able to show the musician or music industry non-performer’s ties to Georgia, as indicated on the application.
Lady Antebellum’s eight years and twelve top ten hits thus far, plus the multitude of music awards, certainly qualifies them as having national acclaim. Perhaps Lady Antebellum’s induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame will be a stepping stone to the Country Music Hall of Fame one day.