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Jerry Lee Lewis will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The rock and roll star turned country music artist is recognized as a “Veteran Era Artist”. He had 34 top-20 country hits between 1968 and 1981, according to the Country Music Association.
The “Great Balls of Fire” singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
“To be recognized by Country Music with their highest honor is a humbling experience,” Lewis said in a statement.
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“The little boy from Ferriday, Louisiana listening to Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams never thought he’d be in a room among them. I appreciate everyone who has acknowledged that Jerry Lee Lewis’s music is country music and to our Almighty God for his endless redeeming grace.”
The induction announcement was hosted on Tuesday by the duo Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn.
“It’s been a while,” Lewis said of the induction. “But we are grateful for that.”
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Fans have long awaited Lewis’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but the performer shrugged it off.
“I never really got into it,” Lewis explained. “I’m sure they had a reason for that.”
Lee transitioned to the country music industry in 1957 when “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On” shot to the top of the charts.
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“I’ve always loved country music. It means more to me than anything,” he says. “I love getting into it. I love the lyrics to the songs, and they just seem to make a lot of sense.”