The 2016 class of inductees to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame features three giants of American music: B.B. King, Kris Kristofferson and Bonnie Raitt.
The official inductions will move from spring to fall this year, with the ceremony and concert set for Oct. 12 at ACL Live, three days after the Austin City Limits Music Festival concludes its second weekend. Performers and ticket details will be announced later.
This is the third class of inductees to the hall, which was established in 2014 to “celebrate the legacy of legendary artists and key individuals who have been instrumental in the landmark series’ 40-plus years,” per an ACL statement. The inaugural cast featured musicians Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lloyd Maines along with program founder Bill Arhos and longtime University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal.
Last year’s additions were Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jimenez, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, along with the full crew of the show’s first season in 1974-75.
King, who died in 2015, first appeared on “Austin City Limits” in 1983, and the full-hour episode helped elevate the program’s stature as one of television’s premier music programs. He returned in 1996 for another hourlong broadcast.
Kristofferson and Raitt each have appeared on three episodes. Kristofferson had his own shows in the 1982 and 2009-10 seasons, and he took part in a 1997 songwriters special with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver and Kimmie Rhodes. Raitt made her debut in 1984 and returned for shows in the 2002-03 and 2012-13 seasons. Both Kristofferson and Raitt also performed on the program’s 40th anniversary special in 2014.