Ryman Auditorium has unveiled its newest addition to the Icon Walk: a bronze statue honoring Charley Pride, a pioneer in the country music industry.

As one of the most successful and beloved country music artists of all time, Pride broke barriers and defied stereotypes, becoming the first Black superstar in the genre. Throughout his more than 50-year career, he sold tens of millions of records worldwide and had 41 chart-topping hits, including the crossover hit "Kiss An Angel Good Morning." Pride won three GRAMMY® awards and was the first Black performer to host the CMA Awards in 1975.

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Pride's wife of over 60 years, Rozene Pride, and his son Dion Pride were in attendance for the unveiling at Ryman Auditorium. Rozene praised her late husband's passion for country music, likening him to baseball legend and fellow trailblazer Jackie Robinson. Dion spoke of his father's love for his fans, which motivated him throughout his career.

Though Pride passed away on December 12, 2020, his memory and storied legacy continue to live on through his vast library of stories and songs.

Visitors can find the statue at the northwest corner of the Ryman Auditorium building, near the venue's driveway on Fifth Avenue. Book a tour or see a show and make sure to check out the famed Icon Walk.