Actress, singer, Charleston native and 2018 Inductee Ann Magnuson created a suitably suRURAListic video to kick off the broadcast.
Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin offered welcoming remarks to the statewide viewing audience.
WV Music Hall of Fame Executive Director and founder Michael Lipton brought his usual sartorial splendor to his introductory remarks.
The ceremony was hosted by singer Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon and Emily Miller, Artistic Director of the Augusta Heritage Center.
2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Tim O’Brien offered introductory remarks about 2020 Inductees Honey and Sonny Davis.
2020 Inductee Sonny Davis thanked the Hall of Fame for the honor bestowed on him and his late sister Honey.
The Tim O’Brien Band, featuring Jan Fabricius, performed the Honey and Sonny Davis hit “As Long As I Live.”
Co-host Vince Herman and singer Annie Neeley performed “Rough Stuff,” another song associated with Honey and Sonny Davis.
Huntington native and 2013 Inductee Peter Marshall provided a taped testimonial to the Hall of Fame and the important work done by the organization.
Eric Waggoner, Executive Director of the West Virginia Humanities Council, presented the award to 2020 Inductees The Hammons Family.
Trevor Hammons, the great-grandson of musician Lee Hammons, accepted the award on behalf of the entire Hammons Family.
Jesse Milnes and Trevor Hammons performed a Hammons Family standard, “Big Scioty.”
Emily Miller performed “When This World Comes To An End,” a song long associated with Maggie Hammons.
The 2020 Spirit Award was presented to the Save the Music Foundation, and Randall Reid-Smith, curator of The WV Department of Arts, Culture and History by Nancy Daugherty, Arts Education Specialist with the National Endowment of the Arts.
The 2020 Spirit Award was accepted by Randall Reid-Smith, Curator, WV Department of Arts, Culture and History.
Chiho Feindler of the Save the Music Foundation explains the organization’s extensive work in West Virginia.
Senator Joe Manchin spoke about his long relationship with the Hall of Fame and honored the Class of 2020.
2020 Inductee Mayf Nutter was introduced by his long-time friend Pat Boone, who performed “What A Pair We Make,” a song written by Nutter that he had recorded in 1986.
2020 Inductee Mayf Nutter performed his song “Simpson Creek (Won’t Never Run Clean Again),” a song he wrote about a creek polluted by acid mine drainage near his hometown of Clarksburg.
Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, Professor of Music at the University of Illinois, presented the award to her dear friend and mentor, 2020 Inductee Ethel Caffie-Austin.
Bishop T.D. Jakes, a long-time friend, offered his heartfelt congratulations to Ethel Caffie-Austin.
After accepting her award, 2020 Inductee Ethel Caffie-Austin performed the gospel classic “It’s No Secret (What God Can Do).”
Caffie-Austin also performed “I’ve Got a Feeling (Everything’s Gonna Be Alright)” with the Hall of Fame band.
Francis Fisher, Co-founder and Chief Engineer of Mountain Stage, introduced his long-time friend and colleague, 2020 Inductee Larry Groce.
Another Mountain Stage co-founder, Executive Producer Emeritus Andy Ridenour, spoke about his time working with Inductee Larry Groce.
2020 Inductee Larry Groce, co-founder and long-time host of Mountain Stage, spoke about his long love affair with his adopted Mountain State as he accepted his award.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard reminisced about his early days in music playing in a band with 2020 Inductee Larry Groce.
2020 Inductee Larry Groce performed “When The Mist Clears Away” with the Hall of Fame band, featuring Sandra Groce on viola.
2020 Inductee Larry Groce performs his top ten hit “Junk Food Junkie.”
Inaugural Inductee Billy Edd Wheeler joined in the proceedings for the finale, his classic “The Reverend Mr. Black.” He was joined by co-hosts Vince Herman and Emily Miller, Inductee Larry Groce, and the Hall of Fame band.