The biggest acts snubbed by the Country Music Hall of Fame

On August 12, the Country Music Hall of Fame announced that it would induct Marty Stewart, Hank Williams Jr., and songwriter Dean Dillon into its ranks. Since the Hall of Fame was created in 1961, it has inducted the genre’s biggest legends throughout the decades, from Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings to Brooks and Dunn and George Strait.

But of course, throughout the years, the Hall of Fame has failed to recognize the contributions of some true legends. Flip through the slideshow below and look at the biggest acts snubbed by the Country Music Hall of Fame, ranging from Bobbie Gentry, the singer-songwriter behind Reba McEntire’s smash-hit “Fancy,” to Tejano legend Freddy Fender.

Tanya Tucker
With a career that’s spanned nearly 50 years, it’s easy to forget that Tanya Tucker recorded her legendary hit “Delta Dawn” at the ridiculously young age of 13. In the years since, Tucker’s distinctive voice and incredible performances have made her a staple of the genre, even with her most recent release While I’m Livin, which took home the Grammy Award in 2019 for Best Country Album.
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