Chris Stapleton and Martina McBride Among Artists To Be Honored With Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibits
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum just revealed plans for its 2020 exhibitions and announced that Martina McBride…
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Blackbird,Martina McBride; Photo by John Shearer/Country Rising/Getty Images
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum just revealed plans for its 2020 exhibitions and announced that Martina McBride and Chris Stapleton, as well as Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, will be honored with exhibits in the new year.
“Each of these artists achieved country music stardom in a different era, and each has a compelling story to tell about early exposure to music, about the decision to pursue music as a career and about the struggle to overcome the challenges created by such a decision,” said Museum CEO Kyle Young. “In 2020, we will offer our visitors insight into the life of a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been writing hits for more than 60 years; a magnificent singer who owns four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards; and a singer-songwriter who made his way from small clubs to sold-out arenas and four CMA Male Vocalist of the Year awards.”
Opening June 26, 2020, the Chris Stapleton exhibit will highlight the life and career of the critically acclaimed artist and songwriter. It will explore his personal and musical influences, his rise to superstardom and his time in the SteelDrivers.
“I’m proud to get to share pieces of our musical journey at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” commented Stapleton.
Martina McBride’s exhibition will open Aug. 21, 2020. For the powerhouse vocalist, who released her major label debut in 1992, the honor is a dream come true.
“Having an exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something I’ve had on my dream list for a long, long time,” said McBride. “Being able to share moments and mementos from my life and career with my fans and country music fans from all over the world is both humbling and exciting. I’m so grateful to be a part of country music.”
Bill Anderson’s contributions to the country music genre will be on display beginning Nov. 20, 2020.
“I grew up dreaming of the day they’d put my ball glove into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but realized many years ago that wasn’t going to happen. But now, knowing that my guitar and maybe a rhinestone suit or two will be put into an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, more than makes up for it. When our Hall does an exhibit, they really do it up right. I am thrilled to know that I am about to be a small part of their incredible legacy,” Anderson shared in a statement.
Also in 2020, the annual exhibition American Currents: State of the Music will return to offer insight into the latest chapter of country music’s ongoing evolution as a popular art form.
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