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8 Artists Who Should Be in the Country Music Hall of Fame

There are plenty of ways to honor greatness in country music, but being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the most profound. While plenty of country music greats have earned their places in the Hall of Fame, there are still some superstars, pioneers and legends who, surprisingly, are eligible but haven’t made it yet.

The Country Music Association created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961, to recognize both creatives and key music business players, and in the 50-plus years since, the CMA has voted in country greats yearly. As of 2009, the Hall of Fame inducts artists in three categories: One Modern Era (eligible for induction 20 years after reaching national prominence) and one Veterans Era (eligible for induction 45 years after first achieving national prominence) artist are selected each year, while the categories of Non-Performer, Songwriter and Recording and / or Touring Musician rotate.

Still, looking through the Country Music Hall of Fame’s list of inductees, there are some names missing. Click through the photo gallery above to learn about eight artists that have been ignored.

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