Three visionary iconoclasts, whose creative skills altered the direction of commercial country music, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 16, 2016.
Country rock pioneer Charlie Daniels; music producer, publisher and Monument Records founder Fred Foster; and neo-traditional singer Randy Travis were feted with heartfelt testimonials, tearful speeches and memorable performances of songs they helped make famous.
But the moment from that ceremony that has everyone talking is when Randy Travis sang “Amazing Grace.”
Suffering from a stroke back in 2013, Travis has not been able to sing or walk until Sunday night. He brought the crowd to tears as he sang the words to the very familiar song.
Travis spent six months in a hospital along with years of therapy to regain this mobility and speech. USA Today reported that Travis nearly died after his stroke followed by an infection in his heart.
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