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Ray Charles, the Judds, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake have all been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

This year’s inductees were announced by country legend Reba McEntire during a livestream presentation on Monday.

The accolade was created by the Country Music Association (CMA) to recognise significant contributions to the advancement of country music by individuals in both the creative and business communities, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame website.

The mother and daughter duo Naomi and Wynnona Judd will be inducted as Modern Era artists, while the soul vocalist and piano legend Ray Charles will be inducted into the Veteran category.

The pedal-steel player Peter Drake and drummer Eddie Bayers will be inducted in the Recording and/or Touring Musician field. Both will be inducted as they are tied.

The 2021 inductees will follow the 2020 members Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and Dean Dillon.

The ceremony will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on a date that’s yet to be announced.

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