Two Country Music Hall of Famers, a bona fide Music Row hitmaker and a genre-bending bluesman enter the Music City Walk of Fame this April.
Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, Dierks Bentley and Keb' Mo' make up the 2021 Walk of Fame class, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. said in a news release Wednesday. An induction ceremony plans to take place April 5 at Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m.
This spring marks the first Walk of Fame ceremony 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. By unveiling four new artists, the number of newsmakers featured in the park reaches 93.
Inductees "are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song," according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.
Bentley, a modern country powerhouse known for hits such as "Somewhere On A Beach" and "I Hold On," enters the Walk Of Fame weeks after he headlined Nashville's "Big Bash" New Year's Eve special on CBS. Smith, a longtime country legend and dedicated Grand Ole Opry performer, enters a decade after she became a Country Music Hall of Fame member.
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Bare, an elder statesman to country music's influential outlaw movement, becomes a the Walk of Fame member following his 2013 invitation to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Mo', an ambassador for Americana and genre-fluid blues music, joins the Walk of Fame months after earning a Lifetime Achievement recognition at the 2021 Americana Music Honors & Awards.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Music City Walk of Fame: Dierks Bentley, Connie Smith lead 2021 class