The 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees are Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman, and Hank Cochran. The announcement was made this morning and is country music’s highest honor.
Hunter Hayes introduced Ronnie as the Modern Era inductee, saying, “I spent years trying to sing like him — it’s impossible.” The Modern Era inductee must have received national prominence more than 20 years ago. Of the honor, Ronnie said “I’ve wanted to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame for as long as I can remember.”
Mac Wiseman was the choice in the Veteran Era Category. Mac said, “I can’t tell you how pleased I am to go in the same year as Hank Cochran. I’m at a loss for words to tell you how important this is to me.” T be inducted in the Veteran Category an artist must have gained national prominence more than 45 years ago.
The final category rotates between Non-Performer, Recording and/or Touring Musician, and this year’s category, Songwriter and the late Hank Cochran is this year’s inductee. His wife spoke on his behalf saying, “Though I always believed Hank would get into the Country Music Hall of Fame, I never dreamed it would be me, not Hank, standing here…He would have loved to be here today.” Hank died in 2010.
The 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees will be celebrated later this year.