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Country star Randy Travis has officially been given a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor one can be awarded in the country music industry. Tuesday’s announcement was held at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where the honorees plaques are displayed.
A massive stroke in 2013 left Randy with difficulty speaking, but he got out a “thank you” when presented with the award before his wife took over for him. Mary referred to it as a “daunting task of being the voice of this man who so eloquently put words to melody to make beautiful music.”
Randy’s career spanned three decades and included 16 different songs that made it to the spot of number one singles. He has also received multiple awards including CMAs, ACMs, and Grammy awards.
As Mary continued her speech on his behalf she said that they now measure accomplishments in “what I call giant baby steps.”
“It’s the little things – the little word, the extra sound, the extra lap we make in rehab. It’s certainly put life in perspective as far as what we need to focus on.”
She went on to say that music has been a very important part of his rehabilitation process and that just last month he was able to sing “Amazing Grace” at a funeral.
Joining Randy is this year’s hall of fame are Charlie Daniels and Fred Foster. Charlie is best known for fiddling his way through “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and Fred is a producer who has worked with artists like Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, and Kris Kristofferson.
The formal induction for the three into the Country Music Hall of Fame will occur during a ceremony at the museum’s CMA Theater, which will take place in the fall.