Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West on Johnny Gimble are the newest announced members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and will be inducted later this year.  Click below for stories from Billboard Magazine and CMT:

Ricky Skaggs, the late Dottie West and instrumentalist Johnny Gimble have been elected the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Music Association hosted Tuesday’s (March 27) announcement with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at the Hall of Fame Rotunda. The formal induction will take place later this year during an invitation-only Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater.

Skaggs will be inducted in the modern era artist category, West will be inducted posthumously in the veterans era artist category and Gimble will be inducted posthumously in the recording and/or touring musician category.

Skaggs, West and Gimble will increase membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame from 133 to 136 members.

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For years, the possible induction of Dottie West into the Country Music Hall of Fame has been a rallying cry for fans and fellow artists alike. Tuesday morning (Mar. 27), the name of Dottie West was announced as one of three new inductees into Country Music’s most exclusive club.

The announcement of West as the honoree in the Hall’s Veteran Performer category comes after years of lobbying by many from within the industry to see the performer inducted – such as longtime duet partner Kenny Rogers and Larry Gatlin (whom West befriended and supported in his career), as well as Steve Wariner, who once played bass in West’s band. In a December 2014 op-ed for Billboard, Wariner claimed that West was an artist ahead of her time.

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