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Loretta Lynn makes surprise appearance at Alan Jackson's Hall of Fame induction

Posted: 7:10 PM, Oct 23, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-24 00:10:45Z

Members of the Country Music Hall of Fame reunited Sunday evening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the 2017 Medallion ceremony.

This year,  Alan Jackson, Don Schlitz¬†and the late Jerry Reed were officially inducted as new members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

It was an emotional night for all inductees and their families. Before they accepted their plaques, musical tributes serenaded the audience with songs either performed or written by the inductees.

The night was especially notable as country music icon Loretta Lynn made her first public appearance since suffering a stroke earlier this year.  

Lynn, a 1988 inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame, attended at the request of Jackson and spoke about meeting him early in his career. 

"Top of the mountain," Alan Jackson said. "For all the awards I've won and all I've done in my career, there's nothing higher than this."

Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, and Connie Smith presented the medallions to the inductees. Some musical performances included Aloe Blacc, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jamey Johnson, and George Strait.

This year's inductees were the 131st through 133rd to officially be honored.