MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Thursday, the city's convention center housed bright lights, big stars, and great music.
Some of the state's best musicians came to Montgomery for some hometown recognition during the Alabama Music Hall of Fame's induction ceremony.
This year's Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductees are The Blind Boys of Alabama; Dothan native Buddy Buie; Eddie Levert, lead singer of the O'Jays; musician Jerry Carrigan, producer/musician Paul Hornsby; late Muscle Shoals musician Terry Thompson; and State Senator Bobby Denton.
"It almost like seals the deal. Put a stamp on a career, that you're successful and you pulled it off. You fooled the people, and you pulled it off," exclaimed inductee Eddie Levert.
In the spotlight stood respected artists, producers, and songwriters--many of them have generations of work and influence under their belts.
For many music legends, it's been a long time coming.
"The Blind Boys have been singing for many years. It took a long time for Alabama to recognize us, but they finally did, and I'm grateful for it," said inductee Jimmy Carter, one of the founders of The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Organizers say choosing from the best of the best can be difficult.
"We only do this every other year, and we only end up with 4, 5, or 6 people, so it really becomes a real hard chore picking who should get it this time," explained David Johnson, executive director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Either way, hearing the homegrown sounds of music history puts the scope of an artist's work into perspective.
"I think we have a lot of underdogs in the state of Alabama. People know [who the are], they can't quite put their finger on, but they're giants," said Alan Hunter, winner of this year's Media Award.
They're giants who are glad to be back home.
"There's a lot of people that get inducted into things, and they're not around to even feel it. So, to me, this is a great thing," Levert said.
WSFA 12 News recorded the program for a show to air later on our digital channel 12.2. Stay tuned for show times.