Ray Stevens into Country Music HoF

Country hit-making duo Brooks & Dunn are riding a resurgence of interest in 90s-era country music with a new album celebrating their top-selling singles, a longstanding Las Vegas residency and now an invitation to join the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The duo, along with comedic singer Ray Stevens and record label head Jerry Bradley, were announced Monday as this year's inductees and will be formally inducted during a ceremony later this year.

Stevens, 80, is known for singing zany hits like "The Streak," but also sentimental ones like the Grammy-winning "Everything Is Beautiful." Stevens is a multi-faceted artist who started as a session musician in Nashville and has been a TV personality, producer, publisher, songwriter and entertainer for six decades. He recorded comedy albums and videos and opened a theater in Branson, Missouri. He currently has a dinner theater show in Nashville called "CabaRay."

"I love what I do. My dad used to say, 'When are you going to get a real job?'" Stevens told The Associated Press on Monday. "And I never wanted to get a real job."

Dude has always been funny...

 
 
 
 

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