Lady Antebellum, Clint Black To Receive Stars on Music City Walk of Fame
Current CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominees Lady Antebellum, ’90s country hitmaker Clint Black and 10-time CMA Musician of…
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Current CMA Vocal Group of the Year nominees Lady Antebellum, ’90s country hitmaker Clint Black and 10-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally are among the newly-announced inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced the newest round of honorees on Tuesday (Oct. 1), also revealing that Grammy-winner Chet Atkins and DeFord Bailey, the first African American member of the Grand Ole Opry, will be honored posthumously during the Oct. 22 induction ceremony.
“This class of inductees truly represents the diversity and heritage of the Music City brand,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said in a statement. “I’m glad to see greats like DeFord Bailey and Chet Atkins are being recognized and that the Music City Walk of Fame is inducting the extraordinary talents of Mac McAnally, Clint Black, and Lady Antebellum. This wonderful park — a place that both visitors and Nashvillians can enjoy — represents the best of Music City.”
Inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame are selected based upon their contributions to preserving the “musical heritage of Nashville” as well as their contributions to the world through music or other industry collaborations.
Lady A, Black, McAnally, Atkins and Bailey will receive the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th and 89th stars on the Music City Walk of Fame on Oct. 22 at 2pm.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.