Inductees are selected in three categories: modern era artists (20+ years after first achieving national prominence), veterans era artists (40+ years after first achieving national prominence) and a third category that rotates between recording and/or touring musicians; songwriters; and non-performers.
Last year’s inductees were Marty Stuart, Hank Williams Jr. and songwriter Dean Dillon. The 2019 inductees were Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens and record producer and label executive Jerry Bradley.
McEntire has co-hosted the last two CMA Awards telecasts. She co-hosted the 2019 show with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton and the 2020 show with Darius Rucker. She also hosted or cohosted the show for three years running from 1990-92.
McEntire has received 51 CMA Awards nominations. Among female artists, only Miranda Lambert has amassed more nods – 55, plus two more as a member of Pistol Annies. McEntire is a six-time CMA winner. She was the first artist to win four times for female vocalist of the year (1984-87). In 1986, she became the fourth woman to win for entertainer of the year, following Loretta Lynn (1972), Dolly Parton (1978) and Barbara Mandrell (1980-81).
The livestream announcement on Monday, Aug. 16, will begin promptly at 10 a.m. CT here.