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Op-Ed: Dottie West deserves 2016 induction into Country Hall of Fame

Posted Mar 20, 2016 by Markos Papadatos
Country music legend Dottie West deserves to be inducted posthumously into the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Dottie West in Bob Mackie outfit
Dottie West in Bob Mackie outfit
Ron Harman
West may have passed away in 1991, but she has left an impressive body of musical work and a respected legacy. She had 63 of her radio singles chart on the Billboard country charts. She was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 27 years and 23 of her studio albums charted on the Billboard albums charts.
She was nominated for Grammy awards 17 times, and she holds four BMI Songwriting awards to her credit and two Country Music Association (CMA) awards. She was the recipient of the inaugural Grammy award for "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" for "Here Comes My Baby."
West ranked No. 23 on Country Music Television's (CMT) list of "40 Greatest Women of Country," and is long overdue for this honor. Several of country music's biggest superstars have championed West for induction into this Hall of Fame, including Kenny Rogers.
Her music has influenced such female country performers as Crystal Gayle, Lynn Anderson, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette.