NASHVILLE, TN – Oct. 2, 2019 – Current CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” nominee Lady Antebellum, country music superstar Clint Black, Mac McAnally, Chet Atkins and DeFord Bailey will receive the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th and 89th stars on the Music City Walk of Fame during an induction ceremony 2 p.m. Oct. 22 in Music City Walk of Fame Park.
Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
Lady Antebellum is known for their nine-time Platinum hit “Need You Now,” which is the highest RIAA certified song by a Country group, and earned ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three consecutive years, seven GRAMMY awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and a Tony Award nod.
Clint Black was a member of the famed Class of ’89 that also included Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt and dominated the charts in the 1990s. He had 22 No. 1 singles, sold more than 20 million records and is a GRAMMY winner.
Mac McAnally is a songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist who has written No. 1 hits for artists, including Kenny Chesney (“Down the Road”), Alabama and Shenandoah.
Chet Atkins was a guitar virtuoso who inspired many others, as well as a successful recording artist and producer. The multi-GRAMMY winner is credited with ushering in the “Nashville Sound,” and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He died in 2001.
DeFord Bailey made his first documented Opry appearance on June 19, 1926 and made regular appearances until 1941. He played several instruments but was best known for his harmonica skills. Bailey then became the first African American member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.
The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Brands and of sponsors that include the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee.
For more information, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
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