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OTRC: Reba McEntire to be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

Reba McEntire appears at The 44th Annual CMA Awards on November 10, 2010. (KATHERINE BOMBOY)

Country Music legend Reba McEntire will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The honor was announced on Wednesday by the Country Music Association. Fellow inductees for the year also include Bobby Braddock and Jean Shepard. McEntire will be inducted into the "Modern Era Artist" category according to a statement released by the association. Shepard, who had 44 charted singles from 1953 to 1978, will be honored as a "Veterans Era Artist."

Bobby Braddock is the first inductee in the "Songwriter" category. He is responsible for 13 hit singles including "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" with Tammy Wynette and Toby Kieth's "I Wanna Talk About Me."

McEntire was not able to attend the honoree luncheon held on Wednesday because her father recently suffered a stroke and is in a coma. The 55-year-old singer is at her father's beside but released a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times, the read, "When I was a young girl, we would take vacations to Nashville and tour the Country Music Hall of Fame. And now, for me to be inducted, is a dream come true."

The induction ceremony for the honorees is set to take place later this year.

McEntire recently released her 34th album, "All the Women I Am," on November 9 and scored her 35th no.1 hit single "Turn On The Radio" in December.

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