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Why is RAY STEVENS not in the Country Music Hall of Fame? (Full disclosure: I'm a veteran of 45+ years in the country-music business, but I am not, nor have I been asked to be, an [anonymous, and therefore unaccountable] elector).
Were I to have a vote, there are other artists, personal favorites, who I would be happy for should they be inducted, but, I don't think the Hall is lacking without them. I could not crowd these thoughts out as I voted my conscience.
For it's impossible to induct all of our favorites without the Hall further losing its exclusivity as happened when industry politics, uninformed electors, mass inductions, etc. and the inability to focus on who best meets the stated qualifications of induction became part of the mix.
Some (performing) inductees just sang. Others can't sing but were popular because of their songwriting. Still others were primarily comedians or instrumentalists.
Ray Stevens has done it all. So as objectively as I can (subjectively?) repeat, (primarily for the benefit of those who still find a Hall of Fame induction impressive or otherwise meaningful, given all of the sabotaging of same): Why is Ray Stevens not in the Country Music Hall of Fame?
DARIUS RUCKER’s acceptance by country-music fans is conditioned on his personal life being largely ignored by media. Interracial marriages have been the subject of country music songs that have gained cult followings, but the reality of same is something they don’t warm to, so anything more than a tacit don’t ask don’t tell agreement between Darius Rucker and country-music fans in general (rather than those who are, say, exclusively Rucker’s in particular and who therefore couldn’t care less) is regarded as flaunting a marital relationship that is really none of the fans’ business in the first place!
As for African-American members of the Country Music Hall of Fame (with its disproportionate membership of white males), who is this third black member JOE BARGMANN counts along with CHARLEY PRIDE and DeFORD BAILEY in Bargmann's Dallas Observer article speculating on Rucker's breaking country-music's color barrier?