Ronnie Milsap Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

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Country music luminaries gathered in Nashville Sunday night to honor a few of the genre's greats. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum inducted three men into the Country Music Hall of Fame: Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, and blind performer Ronnie Milsap.

Tributes were played for each of the new inductees by their contemporary peers. Martina McBride sang Milsap's "(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time" while Alison Krauss paid tribute to Cochran with renditions of two of his most famous songs, "Make The World Go Away" and "Don't Touch Me." Charlie Daniels was also on hand to sing "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" before Wiseman was inducted.

Ronnie Milsap, now 71 years old, has been a country music fixture since the early 1970s. Albums such as Where My Heart Is and Night Things established Milsap as a future hall-of-famer and the singer was named top male vocalist of 1974 by the Country Music Association.

Milsap also saw significant crossover success on the pop charts with later albums such as 1983's Keyed Up. The singer received five Grammy awards for best male country vocal performance throughout the 70s and 80s.

Wiseman is a bluegrass singer well-known for 50s and 60s hits such as "Your Best Friend and Me" and his version of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett." According to The Tennessean Wiseman was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame's veteran era category.

Cochran is a country music songwriter who wrote hits popularized by stars such as Patsy Cline and George Strait. He died of cancer in 2010 and was spoken for at the hall of fame ceremony by his widow, Suzi Cochran.

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