Legendary artists Patsy Cline and John Prine, along with music industry leaders Ed Hardy and Dr. Paul T. Kwami received their prestigious stars on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame today, October 10th.
Trisha Yearwood opened the ceremony with a speech about Patsy Cline, and her emphasis on paving the way for future female artists in the country music genre. Yearwood recalled a moment from her past: when she sang a Cline track at her Grand Ole Opry induction ceremony and received a necklace that was once owned by the renowned female vocalist. Yearwood also pulled out a quote from Loretta Lynn who just passed away last week, who had once said, "Patsy was my hero and inspiration. I'm always grateful and never forget what she did for me, for country music, and all us girls." Yearwood continued with her own reflection noting, "She was gone way too soon but we're so lucky she left us with so much music, and I can't think of a more deserving person to be in every hall of fame and on every walk of stars." Cline's daughter Julie Fudge accepted the award on Cline's behalf
Cece Winans presented the next star to Dr. Paul T. Kwami, a well-known musical director who was once a member of the Fisk Jubilee. Under his leadership, the singers won their first GRAMMY Award for their 2020 record Celebrating Fisk! The 150th Anniversary Album. Kwami's son, Delali Kami, received the award. During his heartwarming speech, he spoke about the moment his father won the GRAMMY, "Even at that point, he was as humble as ever and was looking for ways to grow and improve."
Garth Brooks presented the Walk of Fame Star to Ed Hardy: a man who was instrumental in the broadening of Nashville's music and hospitality industries. He was previously the chairman of Music City Inc. as well as the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp Foundation among others, and he played a significant role in getting the Music City Walk of Fame up and running. In his speech, Brooks cited his strong relationship with Hardy as he exclaimed, "Simply put, Ed was not a star. Simply put, Ed is what a star should be. He made me want to be a better man." Hardy's wife, Kim, accepted the star with Brooks by her side.
Brenda Lee had the opportunity to be the presenting speaker for John Prine's star. Lee, in the presence of many Prine fans, began her sentiment saying, "For those of you who lived him, your love was not wasted." She added, "John Prine was more than an entertainer. He was a true person who loved and was loved." Prine's award was accepted by his wife Fiona who spoke on Prine's love for Nashville and the genre of country music.
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