County Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Association of Nashville, Tennesee, elected the Sons of the Pioneers into its revered Hall of Fame in 1980 joining some of the immortals of country music. Out of the thousands of country western performers over the years only 112 individuals and groups (at this writing) have been inducted into the Hall of Fame which makes the Pioneers members of a very elite group. Significant to their selection was their enduring appeal to broad audiences; their distinctive harmonies and enviable record sales. They have held recording contracts with Decca, Columbia and RCA. (top of page)
Western Music Association Hall of Fame
The Sons of the Pioneers are Professional Members of the Western Music Association and were inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame at the very first WMA Hall of Fame inductions in 1989.
Inducting the Pioneers into their charter honorees, the WMA stated, "A "Living Legend in their own time," the Sons of the Pioneers have become an American institution. Their unique harmonies and style have become a standard by which all others are measured. The Sons of the Pioneers are known the world over for their own special arrangements of the western song classics. " (top of page)
Academy of Country Music Awards
The Academy of Country Music created the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to recognize those people who have made unique contributions to country music. The Pioneers received this award in 1978. Other recipients of the Award include Alabama, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride, Tex Ritter, Conway Twitty, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Sr., and Bob Wills.
The Academy had previously named the Sons of the Pioneers as Top Vocal Group of the Year in 1967. (top of page)
National Cowboy Hall of Fame
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (f/k/a "National Cowboy Hall of Fame") in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has honored the Sons of the Pioneers on two different occasions.
The Museum Directors awarded the Pioneers their special Wrangler's Award in 1971 in recognition of the Pioneers' contributions to Western culture.
Then in 1995 the Pioneers were inducted into the prestigious Hall of Great Western Performers joining the likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, James Arness and Tom Selleck. The awards were established to honor and encourage the legacy of those whose works in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the American West. (top of page)
At the 1995 Awards ceremony with Velma Spencer
Grammy Hall of Fame
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences of Los Angeles has selected two of the Pioneers' signature songs for the top honor of being placed in its Grammy Hall of Fame. First, in 1986 the Academy chose "Cool Water" as performed by the Pioneers to be named into its Hall of Fame. Then in 2002 the Academy added "Tumbling Tumbleweed" as performed by the Pioneers to the Grammy Hall of Fame. (top of page)
Golden Boot Award
The Golden Boot Awards honor actors, actresses and crew members who have made significant contributions to the genre of Western television and movies. The award is sponsored and presented by Motion Picture and Television Fund, a charity organization of the film and television industry. Foundation members of the Fund include Steven Speilberg, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and other Hollywood celebrities.
In 2003, the Sons of the Pioneers received their Golden Boot Award at the 21st Annual Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California. Other recipients that year included Tommy Lee Jones and Kris Kristofferson. The Pioneers performed songs included in several John Ford western movies and have appeared on The Roy Rogers television series on ABC as well as appearances on many national variety shows. During their first 25 years of the group's existence they sang their way through over 90 "B Westerns" . (top of page)
Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame
Recognizing the pat-the-foot and swing your partner stylings of many Pioneer performances and the prominence of Texas members of the group, the Pioneers were inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame founded in Austin in 1988. Inductions have taken place at the annual Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame show, held in Austin during the years 1988-1993, and in San Marcos from 1994 to the present, on the third weekend in May. The Hall of Fame’s first inductee was Bob Wills, leader of the legendary swing band, Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys. Other members include such artists as Hank Thompson, Laura Lee McBride, Floyd Tilman, Eldon Shamblin, Hoyle Nix, and Asleep at the Wheel. The Hall of Fame also publishes a newsletter, Jamboree, which keeps its membership informed of special events and features music reviews. (top of page)
Smithsonian Institute's "National Treasure" Designation
The Smithsonian Institute has designated certain artists and performers who have made a noteworthy contribution to the arts and culture of America as "National Treasures". After a collaborative album done with the Smithsonian in 1977, the Pioneers were named as "National Treasures." (top of page)
Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
In 1976 the Hollywood, Californa, Chamber of Commerce chose to honor the Sons of the Pioneers with their own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The pink terrazzo five-pointed star rimmed with bronze and inlaid into a charcoal marble is located at 6845 Hollywood Boulevard. Celebrities are chosed for their significant contributions to the entertainment industry. The Pioneers were chosen acknowledging their celebrity status in the recording industry as indicated by the design in the star. (top of page)