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Kris Kristofferson, Class of '58, Wins Spot in Country Music Hall of Fame

Pomona alumnus Kris Kristofferson, Class of '58, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last night during a nationally televised broadcast of the 38th Annual CMA Awards.

At Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Willie Nelson and Faith Hill paid tribute to Kristofferson by performing his “For the Good Times” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” respectively. Randy Travis sang “Sunday Morning Coming Down” before Kristofferson came on stage to sing “Me & Bobby McGee” with Nelson, Hill and Travis, according to the CMA's Website.

Started in 1961 by the Country Music Association, the Hall of Fame includes 86 individuals and groups. Kristofferson joins superstars ranging from Tammy Wynette to Merle Haggard.

Kristofferson will be profiled in the next Pomona College Magazine, due after the holidays.