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Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

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Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Location401 Gay Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
United States
TypeHall of Fame and Museum
FounderCo-Founders Joe Chambers & Linda Chambers
CEOJoe Chambers 2006-2022 and Linda Chambers 2022-present
CuratorJoe Chambers & Linda Chambers
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The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum (MHOF) in Nashville honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. The MHOF timeline starts with the beginning of recorded music and inductees are nominated by current members of the American Federation of Musicians and by other music industry professionals.

First museum[edit]

The museum first opened June 6, 2006, at 301 6th Ave. S., Nashville, Tennessee Exhibits consisted of instruments owned and played by well-known artists as well as behind-the-scenes session musicians. These musicians were often the house studio musicians in cities such as Memphis, Los Angeles, Detroit, Nashville, Muscle Shoals and New York City. These musicians were often the unsung heroes behind the hits of many great artists. These relatively small groups of players often recorded the majority of hits in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.


The museum was voted venue of the year by the Meeting Professionals International in 2008.


2007 (1st Annual)[edit]

The inaugural ceremony was highlighted by the performances of Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Peter Frampton, George Jones, Amy Grant, Rodney Crowell, B.J. Thomas, and Dobie Gray honoring the evenings inductees.[1]

2008 (2nd Annual)[edit]

Keith Richards, Kid Rock, Phil Everly and Lee Ann Womack were among the performers to welcome the inductees. Richards joined The Crickets on stage for a performance of Holly's "Not Fade Away", which The Rolling Stones covered in 1964.[2]

2009 (3rd Annual)[edit]

2014 (4th Annual)[edit]

After a four-year absence due to relocating, the 2014 Induction Ceremony was held in their new location on January 28, 2014.

2016 (5th Annual)[edit]

Musicians Hall of Fame held its 5th annual Induction Ceremony and Concert.

Special guests included: Kenny G, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Wariner, Russell Thompkins Jr. and Peter Frampton.

2019 (6th Annual)[edit]

The Musicians Hall of Fame held its 6th Induction Concert and Ceremony on October 22, 2019 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The Induction Ceremony was hosted by Paul Shaffer. Guest performers included: Jason Aldean, Mandy Barnett, Garth Brooks, Kix Brooks, Zac Brown, Ronnie Dunn, Mike Farris, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Keb' Mo', and Ricky Skaggs.

2022 (7th Annual)[edit]

The Musicians Hall of Fame held its 7th Induction Concert and Ceremony on November 20, 2022 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium

The Induction Ceremony was hosted by Phil Vassar. Guest performers including: Rodney Crowell, Steve Miller, Wendy Moten and Mike Farris. The Special performer performances Linda Chambers, executive vice president & chief operating officer.

Closing and reopening[edit]

In February 2010, under the rules of eminent domain, the city of Nashville purchased the MHOF property in order to make room for the Music City Center (new convention center). On August 29, 2013, the MHOF reopened on the first floor of the historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium just off the James Robertson Parkway exit at 401 Gay Street, Nashville, TN 37219. The 200,000 square foot building houses the historic 10,000 seat Municipal Auditorium. The 68,000 sq. ft. exhibit floor, which was also Nashville's first convention center, will now house the museum and its artifacts.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Toto was joined on stage by Rascal Flatts to perform "Rosanna", "Hold The Line", "I'll Be Over You" and "Africa". Steve Wariner, Paul Yandell, Tony Joe White and Beach Boys guitarist Al Jardine were among the other performers at the ceremony.[3]


  1. ^ Gilbert, Calvin (November 27, 2007). "Unsung Heroes Honored at Musicians Hall of Fame Induction". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  2. ^ Kreps, Daniel (October 29, 2008). "Kid Rock, Keith Richards Help Induct Crickets, Muscle Shoals into Musicians Hall of Fame". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Gilbert, Calvin (October 13, 2009). "Rascal Flatts Perform With Toto During Musicians Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Williams, William (May 14, 2013). "Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum to open in June". NashvillePost.com. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Amons, Nancy (May 9, 2013). "Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum set to reopen with new exhibits". WSMV-TV. Retrieved June 14, 2013.

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