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Ralph Stanley inducted as fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Country music legend Ralph Stanley has been honored for his career achievements with an induction into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member added another accolade to his name on Saturday (11Oct14) when he was formally inducted as a fellow of the prestigious honorary society that recognizes achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.


Also included in the same induction class was actor/director Al Pacino, author John Irving, and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard.


Stanley will finish his 14-month farewell The Man of Constant Sorrow Tour in December (14).


He has been performing for 67 years - the bluegrass icon started out as one half of the Stanley Brothers with his older sibling Carter, and went solo after his brother died in 1966.