Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Coordinates: 32°50′10″N 83°37′19″W / 32.8362°N 83.6220°W / 32.8362; -83.6220
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Georgia Music Hall of Fame museum
Georgia Music Hall of Fame museum building
EstablishedSeptember 22, 1996 (1996-09-22)
DissolvedJune 12, 2011 (2011-06-12)
LocationMacon, Georgia, United States
Coordinates32°50′10″N 83°37′19″W / 32.8362°N 83.6220°W / 32.8362; -83.6220
TypeHall of fame

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame was a hall of fame to recognize music performers and music industry professionals from or connected to the state of Georgia. It began with efforts of the state's lieutenant governor Zell Miller to attract the music industry to Georgia.[1] Following the first Georgia Music Week in 1978, the first Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards were held in 1979, with two inductees. The hall eventually had 163 inductees;[2] the final inductions were made in 2015.[2]

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Museum was located in downtown Macon, Georgia, United States, from 1996 until it closed in 2011.[1] The Hall of Fame museum preserved and interpreted the state's musical heritage through programs of collection, exhibition, education, and performance; it attempted to foster an appreciation for Georgia music and tried to stimulate economic growth through a variety of dynamic partnerships and initiatives statewide. The museum closed due to low attendance and reduced state funding.[3][4] Mercer University purchased the former Hall of Fame museum building in June 2012; the university used the building for expanded programs within its School of Medicine.[5]


The Georgia Music Hall of Fame's institutional history began in 1978 when the Georgia General Assembly created the Senate Music Recording Industry Committee to study the state's music industry's economic impact and explore ways to promote Georgia music and attract music businesses to the state.[1] In 1979, the Committee developed a Georgia Music Hall of Fame program honoring Georgia musicians who have made significant contributions to the music industry, with Ray Charles and music publisher Bill Lowery named the first inductees on September 26, 1979.

Owing much to the vision of then Lt. Governor Zell Miller, the Committee also endeavored to create a public museum and archive to document the state's music heritage and serve as a cultural heritage destination. In 1990, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority was created as an instrumentality of the State of Georgia and a public corporation with the stated corporate purpose and general nature: 1) to construct and maintain a facility to house the Georgia Music Hall of Fame; 2) to operate, advertise and promote the Georgia Music Hall of Fame; and 3) to promote music events at the facility and throughout the state. On September 22, 1996, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame opened as a 43,000-square-foot (4,000 m2) facility housing the main exhibit hall, a retail store, the Zell Miller Center for Georgia Music Studies, an administrative wing, a classroom, and a reception room. In 1999, the second phase of the museum, The Billy Watson Music Factory, an interactive and interpretive exhibit space for pre-K through elementary students, opened.

The hall was closed on June 12, 2011, due to lack of attendance, and the collection was donated to the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries.[6] The exhibits are now housed at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, the University of West Georgia, and in private collections.[1]



The Georgia Music Hall of Fame's permanent exhibit space was designed to resemble a Georgia town where venues such as the Jazz and Swing Club, Vintage Vinyl, and Rhythm & Blues Revue house artifacts, interpretive text, and audio-visual elements. Temporary exhibits included "Keeps Calling Me Home: A Gram Parsons Retrospective", "Let Freedom Sing: Music and the Civil Rights Movement" and '"Otis Redding: I've Got Dreams to Remember", named "Museum Exhibition of the Year" in 2008 by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.[7]


Education was at the core of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame museum's mission. The Billy Watson Music Factory served children in grades pre-K through elementary by encouraging the exploration of musical concepts like rhythm, melody, and composition in a hands-on learning environment. MIKE (Music in Kids' Education) provided a series of programs offering live music performances and music instruction opportunities throughout the year.

Georgia Music magazine[edit]

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Foundation published the quarterly magazine, Georgia Music, from 2005 to 2013 as both the official museum magazine and an in-depth look at Georgia music. The state's legends, landmarks, and unsung heroes were explored through features, historical articles, news, and reviews.[8]


James Brown
Ray Charles
Whitney Houston
Otis Redding
L.A. Reid
Year Artist Award Reference
2015 Gregg Allman Songwriter Award [9]
John and Jane Barbe Pioneer Award [9]
Drivin' N' Cryin' Group Award [9]
John Huie Non-Performer Award [9]
Sam Moore Performer Award [9]
Monica Pearson Chairman's Award [9]
Sonny Limbaugh Posthumous Award [9]
Philip Walden Jr. Posthumous Award [9]
Tim Wilson Posthumous Award [9]
2014 Danny Beard Non-Performer Award [10]
Bobby Byrd Posthumous Award [10]
Sean Costello Posthumous Award [10]
Frank Fenter Posthumous Award [10]
Wally Fowler Posthumous Award [10]
Jeff Foxworthy Spoken Word Award [10]
Eddie Horst Posthumous Award [10]
Lady Antebellum Performer Award [10]
Francine Reed Pioneer Award [10]
Ed Roland Songwriter Award [10]
Wet Willie Group Award [10]
2013 Pat Alger Songwriter Award [11]
The Forester Sisters Pioneer Award [11]
Goodie Mob Performer Award [11]
CeeLo Green Performer Award [11]
Kansas Group Award [11]
James "Alley Pat" Patrick Non-Performer Award [11]
Whitney Houston Posthumous Award [11]
von Grey Horizon Award [12][11]
2012 Riley Biederer Horizon Award [13]
Skinny Bobby Harper Posthumous Award [14]
Alex Hodges Non-Performer Award [13]
Johnny Jenkins Posthumous Award [14]
Gary Rossington Songwriter Award [13]
Robert Spano Chairman's Award [14]
Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles and Kristen Bush) Performer Award [13]
38 Special Group Award [13]
Bob Van Camp Posthumous Award [14]
2011 Judy Argo Posthumous Award [15]
Toni Braxton Performer Award [15]
Paul Cochran Pioneer Award [15]
Hall Johnson Posthumous Award [15]
Kenny Leon Non-Performer Award [15]
Mother's Finest Group Award [15]
Jan "Mama Jan" Smith Chairman's Award [15]
Sonny Terry Posthumous Award [15]
2010 India.Arie [16]
The Black Crowes Group Award [16]
Rev. Pearly Brown Posthumous Award [16]
Charlie Brusco Non-Performer Award [16]
Paul Davis Posthumous Award [16]
Pete Drake Posthumous Award [17][16]
John Jared Posthumous Award [16]
Jennifer Larmore [16]
Charles Wadsworth [16]
2009 Chris "Ludacris" Bridges [18]
Dinah & Fred Gretsch (Gretsch Guitars) Posthumous Award [18]
Dottie Rambo [18]
Hamp Swain [18]
Keith Sweat [18]
Widespread Panic Group Award [18]
2008 Johnny L. Carson
Collective Soul
Peter Conlon
Bryan-Michael Cox
Roy Hamilton
Berry Oakley
Shakir Stewart
Third Day [19]
2007 Bobbie Bailey
Freddy Cole
Mylon LeFevre
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Babs Richardson
Usher [20]
2006 Gregg Allman Performer Award [21]
Dallas Austin Non-Performer Award [21]
Felice Bryant Posthumous Award
Jermaine Dupri Songwriter Award [21]
R.E.M. Group Award [21]
2005 Doug Johnson
Patty Loveless
The Sunshine Boys Mary Tallent "Pioneer" Award [22][23]
2004 Mattiwilda Dobbs Mary Tallent Award
Hugh Jarrett Non-Performer Award
Chuck Leavell Performer Award
Mary Lou Williams Posthumous Award
2003 Mike Curb Non-Performer Award
Indigo Girls Group Award
Kenny Rogers Performer Award
Alan Walden Mary Tallent Award
2002 Clarence Carter Performer Award
The Harmoneers Mary Tallent Award
TLC Group Award
Tom Wright Non-Performer Award
2001 Roy Drusky Mary Tallent Award
Alan Jackson Performer Award
Ralph Peer Posthumous Award
L.A. Reid Non-Performer Award
2000 The B-52's Group Award [24]
Little Jimmy Dempsey Posthumous Award [24]
Michael Greene Non-Performer Award [24]
Trisha Yearwood Performer Award [24]
1999 Mike Clarke Non-Performer Award
Jessye Norman Mary Tallent Award
Gram Parsons Posthumous Award
Travis Tritt Performer Award
1998 Allman Brothers Band Group Award
Peabo Bryson Performer Award
J. Lee Friedman Non-Performer Award
Emma Kelly Mary Tallent Award
1997 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Group Award
William Bell Performer Award
Dave Prater Mary Tallent
Boots Woodall Posthumous Award
1996 Atlanta Rhythm Section Group Award
Mac Davis Performer Award
Joe Galkin Mary Tallent Award
Rodney Mills Non-Performer Award
1995 Chet Atkins Performer Award
Ray Eberle Posthumous Award
Elmo Ellis Mary Tallent Award
Joel Katz Non-Performer Award
1994 Isaac Hayes Performer Award
Gwen Kesler Non-Performer Award
Chuck Willis Posthumous Award
1993 J. R. Cobb Non-Performer Award
Curtis Mayfield Performer Award
Sam Wallace Posthumous Award
Dennis Yost & the Classics IV Group Award
1992 Emory Gordy Jr. Non-Performer Award
Connie Haines Performer Award
The Lewis Family Group Award
Ma Rainey Posthumous Award
The Tams Mary Tallent Award
1991 Joseph "Cotton" Carrier Mary Tallent Award
Roland Hayes Posthumous Award
Lena Horne Performer Award
Ray Whitley Non-Performer Award
1990 Wendy Bagwell Mary Tallent Award
Blind Willie McTell Posthumous Award
Ronnie Milsap Performer Award
Chips Moman Non-Performer Award
1989 Lee Roy Abernathy Mary Tallent Award
Fletcher Henderson Posthumous Award
Gladys Knight Performer Award
Harold Shedd Non-Performer Award
1988 Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers Posthumous Award
Billy Joe Royal Performer Award
Robert Shaw Non-Performer Award
Joe Williams Mary Tallent Award
1987 Alex Cooley Non-Performer Award
Felton Jarvis Posthumous Award
Jerry Reed Performer Award
Bob Richardson Mary Tallent Award
1986 Hovie Lister Mary Tallent Award
George Riley Puckett Posthumous Award
Tommy Roe Performer Award
Phil Walden Non-Performer Award
1985 Bill Anderson Performer Award
Graham Jackson Posthumous Award
Eva Mae LeFevre Mary Tallent Award
Zell Miller Non-Performer Award
1984 Buddy Buie Non-Performer Award
Fiddlin' John Carson Mary Tallent Award
James Melton Posthumous Award
Little Richard Penniman Performer Award
1983 James Brown Performer Award
Albert Coleman Non-Performer Award
Harry James Posthumous Award
Piano Red Perryman Mary Tallent Award
1982 Duane Allman Posthumous Award
Boudleaux Bryant Non-Performer Award
Brenda Lee Performer Award
1981 Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey Non-Performer Award
Otis Redding Posthumous Award
Joe South Performer Award
1980 Johnny Mercer Posthumous Award
Zenas "Daddy" Sears Non-Performer Award
Ray Stevens Performer Award
1979 Ray Charles Performer Award
Bill Lowery Non-Performer Award

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