The Country Music Association unveiled the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2017 live from Nashville on April 5, 2017.
Inductees in three categories, "Modern Era Artist," "Veterans Era Artist," and "Songwriter," were announced.
Vince Gill, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was on hand to joyously announce the inductees. Modern Era Artist inductee is Alan Jackson. Jackson was on hand to speak after the announcement. He joked that being in the "Modern Era" is one of the biggest honors he has heard in a long time. Joking aside, he said people always asked him what his next goal is and what dreams he has left. He would never say to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, closing with "Now I can say this is about the last dream on the list."
Veterans Era Artist was announced as the late Jerry Reed, and his daughters were on hand to honor him. Don Schlitz, who wrote Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” and Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen”, was also announced at this year’s Songwriter inductee.
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The three inductees will be inducted later this year in a formal ceremony to officially join the 130 members who are already members of the Hall of Fame, including Alabama, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson.