Number one on my ‘who should be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry’ list is none other than Tim McGraw.
Tim McGraw has been winning country music awards as far back as 1994 when he snagged his first two in the same year: the Top New Male Vocalist Award and also the Album of the Year, both from the Academy of Country Music. He went on to win awards every year thereafter, with the exception of 1996, and the awards he has won are as varied as the organizations he has received them from.
In 1997 alone, McGraw took home five awards: Single, Song and Video of the Year, as well as Vocal Event of the Year from the Academy of Country Music. In addition, he also took home the CMA’s Vocal Event of the Year Award.
Trying to beat his own record, he took home five awards again in 1999, this time from three different organizations: he was the Academy of Country Music’s Top Male Vocalist, CMA’s Male Vocalist and Album of the Year winner and TNN’s Male Artist and Vocal Collaboration of the Year winner.
But McGraw also has Grammy’s too, four as of 2009. And they are as varied as his other awards: Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 2000 and again in 2005 and Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song (both in 2004). So, McGraw has truly earned his place among such stars as Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire and the Gatlin Brothers.
Number Two is Faith Hill
Faith was honored by the American Music Awards as their Favorite Female Artist in 2006. And although she can’t rival her husband Tim McGraw in award numbers, she holds her on with single and album releases and success, boasting 32 singles and 17 albums since her rise to fame in 1994 too.
Number Three and Four are Brooks and Dunn
Racking in number one hits from the beginning of their career in 1991, these two men have continued to climb the charts, selling six million copies of their very first hit. Ronnie Dunn had 19 CMA awards (the most of any country star) in 2006 and Leon Eric “Kix” Brooks III was only behind by one–he has 18, and is tied with Vince Gill for second place.
Number Five is Keith Urban
Taking the 2008 Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Urban continues to make strides in country music. Originally part of a band, The Ranch, Urban was able to successfully transition to a solo career with four hits in 1999 after The Ranch disbanded.
Number’s Six through Nine are the Oak Ridge Boys
Although this group ended up disbanding in the end, and they have not impacted country music for some time – with some members deceased – their 29 top ten hits from years ago are still impacting country music fans. In addition, they are considered one of the longest-running bands in country music history, regardless of their current situation.
That’s a good reason to induct them into the Grand Ole Opry in my opinion.
Number Ten is Rascal Flatts
This three-man group took home the Top Vocal Group award from the Academy of Country Music in 2008; however, they are no stranger to country music awards, snagging four CMA awards for best vocal group by 2006.
Their country tune, “Life is a Highway” for the movie Cars was a smash, keeping them in the forefront of the younger country crowd.
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