UPDATED: Oklahoma natives Reba McEntire and Jean Shepard and songwriter Bobby Braddock. will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, McEntire, who hails from Chockie was unable to attend this morning’s event announcing the inductees because her father has suffered a stroke and is in a coma at a Tulsa hospital. Look for more on this story today on BAM’s Blog, and I will have more on Reba and her dad as well as on Shepard on Wednesday, too.
The Country Music Association will reveal the 2011 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame at 9:30 a.m. today at a private press event hosted by country music superstar Kix Brooks.
For the first time, CMA is inviting the general public to watch the highly-anticipated announcement live via Ustream. For your convenience, I’ve embedded the live stream window here on BAM’s Blog.
“CMA is excited to share the announcement of Country Music’s highest honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, with our loyal and passionate supporters around the world,” said Tammy Donham, CMA senior director of marketing, in a news release.
“The connection between country music artists and fans has always been one of mutual love and admiration, and modern technology such as Ustream allows us to strengthen that bond even more with opportunities such as this. We are thrilled to invite our fans to watch live as these trailblazing artists and songwriters are revealed as Inductees for the first time.”
The live streaming of the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee announcement follows on the heels of CMA’s successful partnership with Ustream around the CMA Awards in November 2010. At that event, CMA and Ustream offered fans the opportunity to watch three live feeds from the black carpet arrivals, pre-telecast award ceremonies, and the backstage press conference for the first time.
CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor. After today’s announcement, there will be 115 inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame.