The Country Music Association created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961, to recognize both creatives and key music business players within the country music industry. In the 50-plus years since, the CMA has voted in country greats yearly -- a total of 130 through 2016.

As of 2009, the Hall of Fame inducts artists in three categories: One Modern Era (eligible for induction 20 years after reaching national prominence) and one Veterans Era (eligible for induction 45 years after first achieving national prominence) artist are selected each year, while the categories of Non-Performer, Songwriter and Recording and / or Touring Musician rotate. Thus, the Country Music Hall of Fame's list of inductees includes a good mix of old-school stars, more modern legends and noteworthy executives, tunesmiths and players.

Click through the photo gallery above to see all of the Hall of Fame's inductees.