Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman, and the late Hank Cochran are now in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Nashville institution celebrated its newest members with the annual Medallion Ceremony Sunday night. The “Tennessean” says Brenda Lee handled the induction for Milsap, who received a musical tribute from Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, and R&B star Sam Moore. Gill performed for Wiseman as well, along with Charlie Daniels and Jim Lauderdale. Allison Krauss and Gene Watson helped salute Cochran, while Hank’s widow accepted her late husband’s medallion from Bobby Bare.
Milsap, a six-time Grammy winner known for such crossover hits as “Smoky Mountain Rain” and “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” was inducted as a “Modern Era Artist.” Wiseman was added to the “Veteran Era Artist” category. Cochran, who passed away in 2010, was honored in the “Songwriter” category. His credits include hits for Patsy Cline, George Strait and others.