Billy Ray Cyrus shares a home state — Kentucky — with country music icon Loretta Lynn. Now, they’re about to have something else in common as well.

It was announced this week that the “Achy Breaky” hit maker will be one of an elite group of Kentucky natives to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame next year. Loretta joined the Hall in 2002.

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At a ceremony to be held May 11, 2018, in Somerset, Kentucky, Billy Ray will be inducted alongside musicians Jason Crabb, Jackie DeShannon, Dale Ann Bradley, Bobby Lewis and David “Stringbean” Akeman.

The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum honors Kentucky-born performers, songwriters, comedians and other music industry professionals who have made vital contributions to the music industry in Kentucky and around the world. With his 2018 induction, Billy Ray will join the ranks of influential celebrities already in the Hall of Fame, including Dwight Yoakum, Bill Monroe, Montgomery Gentry, Patty Loveless, Keith Whitley and many others..

Billy Ray’s passion for music was born in Kentucky where he learned to play guitar. Miley’s dad also opened for Reba McEntire at a show in Louisville, Kentucky—an opening slot that proved to be his big break.

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“It’s been a long journey since those days of growing up in Flatwoods, Kentucky,” Billy Ray said in a press release. “For me, getting the chance to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame just brings it all full circle.”

The singer is currently starring in CMT’s popular original series “Still The King” and is slated to release a brand-new studio album, “Set The Record Straight,” on Nov. 11.

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Billy Ray Cyrus and Loretta Lynn are about to have something big in common Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for SiriusXM
Lindsay Williams is a freelance writer based in Nashville, where she’s spent more than a decade writing about music. A graduate of Samford University, her work has been published in a variety of regional and national media outlets.
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