Jackson will enter in the Modern Artist category, Reed in the Veteran Era Artist field and Schlitz as Songwriter, an honor awarded every three years.
Known for such iconic country hits as “Chattahoochee,” “Remember When” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” Jackson is a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner and has charted more than 30 Number One singles. He’s currently on his Honky Tonk Highway Tour and remains an influence on today’s younger artists.
Reed will be inducted posthumously. The singer, songwriter and guitarist is revered for his fiery style of playing, which he showed off in songs like “The Claw,” “Guitar Man” and “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.” Reed was also a successful actor, and starred opposite Burt Reynolds in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, for which he wrote the movie’s truck-driving theme song, “Eastbound and Down.” He died in 2008.
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Finally, Schlitz is recognized for his contributions to country music songwriting. He penned Randy Travis’s “Forever and Ever, Amen” and Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All,” but is best known for writing Kenny Rogers’ signature song, “The Gambler.”
This year’s class brings the Hall’s members to 133. They will be officially inducted in a ceremony later this year.