Galante, Lewis and Whitley received country music’s highest distinction and were honored with heartfelt remarks and inspired performances of songs associated with their careers. The following is a list of the artists (listed in the order they performed), as well the Hall of Fame members who were personally selected by each inductee to present them with their medallions.
Galante distinguished himself as one of country music’s most successful record executives. He helped steer the careers of Alabama, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, the Judds, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Keith Whitley and other best-selling artists. Born in New York, he joined RCA Records after college and moved to the label’s Nashville office in 1974. Eight years later, he became head of RCA Nashville. He rose to hold a series of key label-executive positions, including president of RCA Records’ U.S. operations, head of RLG Nashville and, finally, chairman of Sony Music Nashville until his retirement in 2010.
· Alabama performing “My Home’s in Alabama"
· Miranda Lambert singing “White Liar”
· Kenny Chesney with “The Good Stuff”
· Medallion presentation: Country Music Hall of Fame member Kix Brooks
· Mickey Guyton performing “When You Say Nothing at All”
· Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs, Molly Tuttle and Justin Moses singing “Tennessee Blues”
· Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks with “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
· Medallion presentation: Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks
Produced by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the annual Medallion Ceremony celebrates the unique talents, personalities and backgrounds of each Hall of Fame inductee, as well as the important turning points and the breakthrough artistic achievements that defined their careers. The ceremony includes speeches, live musical tributes and original video biographies, created by the museum staff using recorded performances, past televised interviews and historic photos culled from materials in the museum’s Frist Library and Archive.