Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were on hand to announce the Country Music Hall of Fame 2018 inductees earlier this week. As Rare Country previously reported, Ricky Skaggs and the late Dottie West and musician Johnny Gimble make up this year’s class, but Garth has a few picks for who he’d like to see join him in the Country Music Hall of Fame in the next few years.
According to ABC Radio, Garth told reporters he’s rooting for, “[Keith] Whitley! But I don’t think the Judds are in here yet.” (He’s right about that.)
Garth proposes a plan to help the Hall of Fame catch up with the number of deserving artists who he thinks should be inducted. Right now, only three artists are inducted every year, and when this year’s inductees are added, the Hall will have 136 members.
Standing in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s rotunda where the member plaques are on display, Garth said, “There’s a lot of people in this town that should be on these walls. So my plea to the Country Music Hall of Fame … is, let’s figure out a way to catch up a little bit, so these people can enjoy this while they’re alive.”
One of those deserving inductees just happens to be Garth’s wife.
He added, “Not biased or anything, but the greatest female vocalist this town has seen is Trisha Yearwood … I said, ‘You’ll be in here one day.’ And she goes, ‘I just hope, if it happens, that we’re alive.’ I said, ‘Well, I hope you are, because it’ll be the greatest day of your career.’”
Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West and Johnny Gimble will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this October at the organization’s annual Medallion Ceremony.