Miranda Lambert and Johnny Cash Among Latest Music City Walk of Fame Inductees
Lambert, Cash, Wendell and Cropper will receive stars No. 67, 68, 69 and 70, following the induction of award-winning recording artists Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, as well as retiring Nashville mayor Karl Dean, on Sept. 10.
“Thank you so much to the City of Nashville and Music City Walk of Fame for this honor and privilege,” Lambert says in a statement. “I am proud to join a heritage of other female inductees, such as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris and Martina McBride. This is a milestone moment that I will cherish forever.
"I want to congratulate my fellow inductees, Steve Cropper, E.W. “Bud” Wendell and the legendary Johnny Cash -- just saying his name alongside mine takes my breath away," Lambert adds.
Lambert is the reigning CMA Awards and ACM Awards Female Vocalist of the Year, with two Grammy Awards to her credit as well. Her fifth album, Platinum, debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and the Country Albums chart. She is also the recipient of this year's Nashville Symphony Harmony Award.
Cash is one of only a few artists who have sold more than 90 million albums. Already a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Man in Black has won four ACM Awards, nine CMA Awards and 17 Grammys, including a posthumous one for his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.”
Cropper has co-written some of the biggest hits of all genres, including “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay" with Otis Redding, "In the Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett and "All 4 Love" by Color Me Badd. He is an original member of the Blues Brothers Band and has toured with Neil Young and Jimmy Buffett as a guitar player. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Wendell has served as an executive at some of Nashville's most enduring attractions, including as the vice president of radio station WSM and general manager of the Grand Ole Opry and former Opryland theme park. He also served as president and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment, overseeing the launch of the Nashville Network, acquisition of Country Music Television, expansion of the Opryland Hotel, renovation of the Ryman Auditorium and opening of the Wildhorse Saloon.
“These inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame represent the best of Nashville’s music industry, from the gritty and soulful guitar work of Steve Cropper to Miranda Lambert’s powerful singing and songwriting and Bud Wendell’s visionary leadership of the Grand Ole Opry and Gaylord Entertainment,” Mayor Dean says. “And, of course, Johnny Cash was and still is nothing short of an icon, one of the very finest artists ever to grace our city’s studios and stages. The city of Nashville is proud and honored to be able to recognize each of them for their many accomplishments.”
The Music City Walk of Fame induction ceremony for these four honorees will be held on Oct. 6 at 2PM at Walk of Fame Park. The event is free and open to the public.
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