I know there has been lots of speculation, but it has been confirmed that the Country Music Hall of Fame's 2013 inductees will be announced on April 10. There is a lot of interest in the announcement as there are so many deserving and eligible candidates. Those include Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Oak Ridge Boys, Dottie West, The Browns, Ricky Skaggs and Hank Williams, Jr. The fans of Dottie West and The Browns have been very active in promoting those candidates. All those named above, along with the other finalists mentioned, are all deserving and I am sure if not this year, at some point all will make the Hall.
In looking at some of the comments on the blog regarding the Hall of Fame and the possiblility of a "mass induction", I can tell you that is not going to happen. While the last, and only mass induction took place over a decade ago and did get a lot of the backlog of candidates into the Hall, most of those associated with it were not happy at all. I don't think you will see a repeat.
As far as the leading candidates, it is not a stretch to say that those I named above are the favorites, although I would be surprised if Hank, Jr. or Ricky got elected. I think the "money" is on Alan Jackson in the modern category, while there are many who feel that Dottie West or The Browns get in as a veteran act. The interesting thing is how Kenny Rogers, Oak Ridge Boys and Ronnie Milsap are actually classified. They could be in either category.
I am sure between now and April 10 there will be lots of comments, but let's keep it real and to the point. We don't need to go on about who might be elected in 5 or 10 years. Let's focus on this year, either those mentioned or perhaps others that might be considered.