PHOTOS: CMA announces 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

PHOTOS: CMA announces 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

CMA announced today that Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, and Randy Travis are the newest inductees of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame.

Daniels will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while Travis will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category. Foster will be inducted in the “Non-Performer” category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” and “Songwriter” categories. Daniels, Foster, and Travis will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 127 to 130 members. It is the first time that all of the inductees hail from the same state (North Carolina) since 1985.

The announcement was made by Country Music Hall of Fame member Brenda Lee during a press conference in the rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Hall of Fame members Bobby Bare, Joe Bonsall and William Lee Golden of The Oak Ridge Boys, and Jo Walker-Meador were also in attendance.

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CMA's 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

CMA’s 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Foster.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Foster.

Veterans Era inductee Charlie Daniels speaks at CMA's 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Veterans Era inductee Charlie Daniels speaks at CMA’s 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Brenda Lee hosts CMA's 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Brenda Lee hosts CMA’s 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Randy Travis and wife Mary.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Randy Travis and wife Mary.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Foster and his daughter, Micki Foster-Koenig.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Foster and his daughter, Micki Foster-Koenig.

Kix Brooks, far left, interviews inductees Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis at the Artist Luncheon as part of CMA's 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Kix Brooks, far left, interviews inductees Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis at the Artist Luncheon as part of CMA’s 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Kix Brooks, far left, interviews inductees Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis at the Artist Luncheon as part of CMA's 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Kix Brooks, far left, interviews inductees Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis at the Artist Luncheon as part of CMA’s 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Inductees (front row, l-r) Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis at the Artist Luncheon as part of CMA's 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Inductees (front row, l-r) Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis at the Artist Luncheon as part of CMA’s 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Inductees (front row, l-r) Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis at the Artist Luncheon as part of CMA's 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. (back row, l-r) CMA Board Member Kix Brooks, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern and CMA Board Chairman John Esposito.

Inductees (front row, l-r) Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis at the Artist Luncheon as part of CMA’s 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the CMA Theater, located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. (back row, l-r) CMA Board Member Kix Brooks, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern and CMA Board Chairman John Esposito.

CMA's 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

CMA’s 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees announcement on Tuesday, March 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Randy Travis.

2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Randy Travis.

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