Rock legend Burton Cummings has been announced as the 2016 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) made the announcement Monday. Cummings is one of the Canada’s most celebrated artists. and his remarkable career as a performer, singer, songwriter and recording artist has stretched more than five decades. He has garnered a myriad of awards and accolades, including seven JUNO Awards (where the introduction will take place). On Friday, April 1, he will become the first inductee to place their name plaque on the wall inside the Canadian Music Hall of Fame’s new home in the National Music Centre in Studio Bell.

“I wish my mother had lived long enough to see this. She would have been over the moon about it. I’ve received many acknowledgements through the decades, but truthfully, I cannot say that any of them outweighs this one. I watched the Canadian industry evolve from its fledgling days into a global contender, and witnessed one brilliant artist after another leave a mark that was recognized all over Earth. I’m extremely proud to have been a part of those early days…extremely proud. After considerable success in a band situation, I took that huge, frightening step into solo artist territory. Initially, my single instinct was just to keep going…keep recording,” said Burton Cummings in a statement.

Cummings will also be honoured with a special induction tribute during the 45th annual JUNO Awards Broadcast on CTV, Sunday, April 3 from The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.


Cummings is already a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame through his legendary band The Guess Who (inducted in 1987) and 2016 will mark the singer-songwriter’s solo induction.


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