The Country Music Association inducted Alan Jackson (modern era), Jerry Reed (veteran era) and Don Schlitz (songwriter) into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night.
PLEASANT SURPRISE! Country icon Loretta Lynn returned to the Hall of Fame for the first time since she suffered a stroke in May to formally induct Alan Jackson. Lynn, who cancelled her tour dates this year to recover, said Jackson was the only person that could make her leave her house.
She recalled meeting Jackson when he was a nervous young artist decades ago and knowing then that he would "be one of the greatest singers in country music."
"He hadn't let me down," she said.
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