Beginning with the 2010 ballots, new categories and procedures will be in effect for election to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Approved by the CMA Board during its February meetings in Orlando, Fla., these changes begin with new names and criteria for the three categories through which new members are nominated and elected.
Modern Era Artists become eligible for induction in this category 20 years after they first achieve national prominence. They will remain eligible for this category for the next 25 years. This replaces the former “Career Achieved National Prominence Between 1975 and the Present” category.
Veterans Era Artists become eligible for induction in this category 45 years after they first achieve national prominence. This combines the former categories “Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975” (which was voted on annually) and “Career Achieved National Prominence Prior to World War II” (which was voted on every third year in rotation) into one.
Rotating Categories The third slot will continue to be a rotating category, with each group in the spotlight every third year. The Recording and/or Touring Musician and Non Performer slots will remain, joined by a new Songwriter category.
“Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor anyone can receive in the Country Music industry,” said Tammy Genovese, CMA CEO. “In the past, songwriters and industry executives shared the same category that rotated every three years. With these new changes, the songwriters and non-performers now have their own rotating categories. This allows these talented and influential men and women a more frequent opportunity to join this intimate fraternity.”
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