Mac MacAnally, Chet Atkins and Deford Bailey also to be honored
Current CMA “Vocal Group the Year” nominee Lady Antebellum, country music superstar Clint Black “Killin’ Time” fame and Mac McAnally, a record-breaking ten-time CMA Musician the Year, will receive stars on the Music City Walk Fame during an induction ceremony on October 22nd at 2 pm in Music City Walk Fame Park, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp has announced. Chet Atkins, the GRAMMY-winning “Mister Guitar,” and harmonica wizard DeFord Bailey, the first African American member the Grand Ole Opry, also will be honored with Walk Fame stars.
“This class inductees truly represents the diversity and heritage the Music City brand,” Mayor John Cooper states. “I’m glad to see greats like DeFord Bailey and Chet Atkins are being recognized and that the Music City Walk Fame is inducting the extraordinary talents Mac McAnally, Clint Black, and Lady Antebellum. This wonderful park — a place that both visitors and Nashvillians can enjoy — represents the best Music City.”
They will receive the 85th, 86th, 87th, 88th and 89th stars on the Music City Walk Fame. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
For the first time, a very small number VIP Fan Experience Packages are being sold to give some lucky visitors a chance to witness the Music City Walk Fame ceremony up close. The ceremony is located in the Music City Walk Fame Park and is open to the public, but the VIP Fan Experience will get visitors a prime seat for the event and some exclusive memorabilia only made for each ceremony. VIP Fan Experience Package does not include any guaranteed interactions with artists or presenters. No autographs are guaranteed. Interested parties can call 1-800-657-6910 for more details.
The Music City Walk Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.
The Music City Walk Fame is an ficial project Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support founding sponsor Gibson Brands and sponsors that include the City Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk Fame anonymous selection committee.