The red carpet rolled out at the Country Music Hall of Fame as three music icons were inducted into the coveted hall Sunday night.
Kenny Rogers, the late Cowboy Jack Clement and Bobby Bare are the latest honorees.
Bobby Bare will go in the hall as this year's veterans era artist, Cowboy Jack will be honored in the non-performer category, and pop culture crossover sensation Kenny Rogers will be inducted as this year's modern era artist.
The Gambler also happens to be the father of twin eight-year-old boys. He got emotional as he considered what this will mean to them.
"I'm glad it happened in my lifetime so I could share it with my boys because I think it's an important thing for them to know that I worked hard," said Rogers.
Some of the genres biggest names will perform musical salutes to Bare, Clement and Rogers.
Many legends also attended the celebration including Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss and Kris Kristofferson.
Inductee Bobby Bare says it's a great feeling to know from now on he'll be referred to as a Hall of Famer.
"It means a lot and it's a big deal. It's as high as you can go in country music. I've dedicated my life to country music because I loved it," said Bare.
The private Medallion Ceremony became the official rite of induction for new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
"I remember when Steve Moore called me, he was telling me guess what, you've being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and started to say, thank you, but that just seems so thin compared to what the response should be, but it's just such an honor to be here", said Rogers.
This is the first event in the new CMA theatre made possible by a ten million dollar gift from the Country Music Association.