Kris Allen will be the next entertainer inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.

Arkansas entertainers and industry-related personnel, both living and deceased, are selected by members of the Arkansas Hall of Fame Board and are inducted bi-annually into the hall. 

The Conway native and American Idol will join a group of entertainers including Johnny Cash, Billy Bob Thornton, Al Green, Mary Steenburgen and Conway Twitty. 

The 2010 induction class will also include Academy Award-winning actress Lisa Blount, country music artists Jim “Moose” Brown and Barbara Fairchild, Delta blues musician Albert King, motion picture and television star George Newbern; blues/country music performer and songwriter Mark Sallings, ESPN television personality Jerry McKinnis of Flippin, and film director Charles B. Pierce.

Allen will be recognized during a ceremony set for 6:45 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock on Sept. 9, with Richard Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, serving as the master of ceremonies for the event.

Governor Mike Beebe will choose one of the inductees as the recipient of the Governor’s Award.

The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Commission was created in 1985 by the Arkansas General Assembly to honor those who have made “outstanding and lasting contributions” to entertainment in Arkansas. 

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