Randy Travis Receives 2016 Artist Career Achievement Award
Randy Travis was on hand in Nashville Wednesday night (June 22) to receive a very special award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner.
The 57-year-old country icon is one of the keystone country artists of his generation. His 1986 debut album, Storms of Life, helped to usher in the era of New Traditionalists in country music in the mid-'80s after the genre had wandered away from its musical roots during the heavily pop-influenced Urban Cowboy era, and he has been one of the most respected and awarded artists in the genre since then.
Travis has been named as a 2016 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Country Radio Seminar honored him Wednesday with its special Artist Career Achievement Award, which is given each year to an artist "who has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio," according to All Access.
The country icon is all smiles in the above photos from the ceremony, which he posted to Facebook on Thursday (June 23). He's looking stronger and better than he has in any of his recent public appearances, which have been growing more and more frequent as he continues to recover from the life-threatening stroke he suffered in 2013.
Travis recently joined Charlie Daniels onstage as a surprise guest during CMA Fest, and earlier in June he wound up onstage at a Kenny Chesney gig in Texas, when Chesney performed a cover of "Diggin' Up Bones." He also appears in a new music video for Shane Owens' "Country Never Goes Out of Style," and his most recent film, The Price, was released via Netflix and DVD on June 15. Travis filmed that role before he suffered his stroke.
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