The long and winding road of a musical career pays off with a long over due trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame!!

The 2011 inductees were introduced Tuesday morning at a news conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. They are Reba McEntire who is more popular than ever and was declared country music's top female hit-maker long ago selling more than 55 million albums and just recently scoring her 35th No. 1 hit.

She is known as "The Grand Lady of the Grand Ole Opry" . Jean Sheppard is celebrating her 56th year on the show. Jean helped blazed the path for country music's other top female stars like Reba with a pioneering career that goes back to the 1940s. She teamed up with fellow Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky in 1953 on "A Dear John Letter," her first No. 1 country hit and made her the first million-selling female artist in the post-World War II era.

Bobby Braddock is the first inductee in the new songwriter category. He's written or co-written hits for George Jones like "He Stopped Loving Her Today", for Tammy Wynette it was "D-I-V-O-R-C-E", Toby Keith's  I Wanna Talk About Me", and Tracy Lawrence's Time Marches On" among many others, in a career of 50-plus years. He also helped launch the career of the current Country Music Association male vocalist of the year, Blake Shelton.

McEntire, Shepard and Braddock will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in October .