Singing Their Praises

Nominees for Golden Voice Awards Announced

Country music veterans will honor their own in the second annual Golden Voice Awards, set for 10 a.m., June 12, at the Opryland Hotel. Bill Anderson and Jan Howard will host the event, which raises money for “The Performers Benefit Fund.”

Dolly Parton, Buck Owens, Charley Pride and Del McCoury are among the names up for recognition in 12 categories including eight “living” and four “legacy” fields. Nominees must have been in the country music business for at least 25 years. Nominees for the Career Achievement Award must have a 50-year tenure in country music. Some nominees in the living categories, such as Johnny & Jack, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton and the Wilburn Brothers, no longer perform together or have deceased members.

Held in the Governor’s Ballroom, with a capacity of 2,000, the Golden Voice Awards are open to the public. They take place on the first day of International Country Music Fan Fair. Tickets are $35 and include the Golden Voice Awards show and a “Brunch with the Stars” hosted by John Conlee and Jeanne Pruett. Among the many artists expected to attend are Little Jimmy Dickens, Brad Paisley, Holly Dunn, Charlie Louvin, Jimmy C. Newman, Charley Pride and Gene Watson.

Tickets are available by calling event producer Bettie Crook-Walker, (615) 822-4100, or the Grand Ole Opry ticket office, (615) 889-3060.