As a person who has spent a lot of time in Oklahoma, I can say it’s an okay place. (You read that right.) But, they have some pretty strict rules for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Carrie Underwood, who hails from the Checotah, where 69 meets 40, was up for induction into the 90th class into the Hall, but won’t be able to attend the induction ceremony after falling at her home in Nashville. And since she can’t attend, she won’t be inducted.
In a statement, Oklahoma Hall of Fame President and CEO Shannon L. Rich said, “First and foremost, we want Carrie Underwood to know our thoughts and prayers are with her during her recovery. She exemplifies the very definition of an Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honoree and we are certain that she will be considered for future induction.”
Induction into the Hall of Fame is considered the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive. Since 1928 only 683 have been inducted, with Rich saying, “The recognition of our state’s greatest asset – our people – is the foundation upon which our organization was created.”
The 90th Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 16, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. In celebration of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s 90th induction ceremony, past inductees Vince Gill and Kristin Chenoweth will return home to serve as emcees.