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Ronnie Milsap says he's not sure what tipped the decision in his favor to induct him into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  But the singer believes his success as a crossover artist, which began with 1977's "It Was Almost Like A Song," likely played a role. 

Milsap is joining the Country Music Hall of Fame as a "Modern Era Artist."  His fellow inductees include bluegrass great Mac Wiseman, who's being added in the "Veteran Era Artist" category, while Hank Cochran earned a posthumous induction in the "Songwriter" category. 

Hunter Hayes took part in Tuesday's inductees announcement, introducing Milsap at the event.  And Ronnie says he's very impressed with the young star, and calls Hunter "a very special person." 

The  inductees announcement took place in Nashville on Tuesday.  The Country Music Hall of Fame will formally welcome this year's additions with the annual Medallion ceremony later this year. 

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