The surprise news was presented to Watson during a performance at the Opry, which he first played in the mid-1960s.
"It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together," she said of her 12 years in the role.
Vince Gill’s breakthrough album, ‘When I Call Your Name’, found the country music star asserting his dominance in a pivotal year.
The best country duets in history have captured magic between dynamic pairings such as Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
The album, which later went double platinum, included collaborations with Rosanne Cash, Reba McEntire and others.
A tribute to the famed Nashville institution that's as old as what we call country music itself.
If 'Threads' is Crow's final full-length work, as she has suggested, then it's a remarkable closing statement.
The song, by Vince Gill, Randy Scruggs and Earl Scruggs, previews a set featuring covers of Graham Nash, Richard Thompson and many others.
The track follows her earlier virtual duet with Johnny Cash on 'Redemption Day' and 'Live Wire,' co-starring Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt.
The song is inspired by the country star's wife of 19 years, singer Amy Grant.
Gill wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on the set, which follows 2016's Down To My Last Bad Habit.
The master of the country fiddle played with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys and many others.
David Gray, Kate Rusby, Imelda May, Steve Earle and Vince Gill are among the album's many featured performers.
Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges and Norah Jones have already been confirmed for the event, which in 2019 honors country legend Dolly Parton.
Missy Elliott’s inclusion marks the first time a female rapper has been nominated to the Songwriters Hall.