Alan Jackson was treated to a surprise guest at his induction ceremony in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Loretta Lynn returned since her stroke she suffered from in May. Lynn was tapped to help induct Jackson who she said ‘was the only person that could make her leave her house’.
Jackson was inducted alongside Jerry Reed and Don Schlitz in the medallion ceremony.
Other performers who honored Jackson were George Strait, Alison Krauss, and Lee Ann Womack.
The late Jerry Reed was inducted by friend and fellow HOF inductee Bobby Bare. Reed’s daughters Seidina Hubbard and Lottie Zavala were on-hand to accept on his behalf.
The final inductee was Don Schlitz, who is known for the monstrous Kenny Rogers hit “The Gambler.” Other iconic tunes he has helped pen include “Forever and Ever, Amen,” and “When You Say Nothing at All.”
Schlitz gave advice to his grandchildren in the audience by stating, “No one does this alone. In your life, be a part of something bigger than yourself.” (quote via Associated Press)