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Op-Ed: Vince Gill belongs in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Class of 2020

He was nominated last year, and he is in the running again this year in the “Performing Songwriters” category. An iconic MCA Nashville recording artist, Gill is the most-awarded country star.

His catalog of compositions includes “When I Call Your Name,” the moving “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man,” “One More Last Chance,” “Pretty Little Adriana,” and “I Still Believe In You,” among countless other hit singles.

Throughout his respected career in the country music scene, Gill’s mantel holds 18 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, which include wins for “Song of the Year” four times, and this makes him the most-awarded country artist in the history of the CMA Awards. In addition, he has won 21 Grammy Awards, and he is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For his songwriting, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, and he was presented the BMI Icon Award in 2014.

This past summer, Gill released his latest studio album, Okie, which earned a glowing review from Digital Journal. The country crooner pays homage to his musical roots on this collection.

Overall, Vince Gill is the best representation of country music in this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees, and he deserves to gather a sufficient amount of votes for induction into the coveted Songwriters Hall of Fame. His illustrious body of work is proof that he is very deserving of this honor.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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