Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare, Jack Clement inducted into Country Hall of Fame


The trio attended a news conference on Wednesday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to announce the class of 2013.

Each artist has made bold decisions that helped spread the genre beyond its traditional borders.

Rogers was both a pop music crossover and a pop culture sensation in the 1970s and 1980s with hits like like "The Gambler," ''Lucille" and the Lionel Richie-produced "Lady." He is one of music's most recognizable figures, with his trademark white hair and beard. Rogers was inducted in the modern-era category.

Clement, known as "Cowboy," made his biggest contributions as a producer with historic instincts. He played a crucial role in the history of rock 'n' roll, working as a producer and engineer at Sun Records during an era when acts like Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley changed the way we listen to music. He entered the non-performer category.

Bare, who was inducted into the veterans-era category, charted his own path after being signed by Chet Atkins. He inspired his contemporaries during the freethinking outlaw movement to move freely from country to pop and rock, and back again.

Rogers, Bare and Clement will be formally inducted in a ceremony later this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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