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Randy Travis stuns at Country Music Hall of Fame with 'Amazing Grace' performance

Country music legend Randy Travis is no stranger to standing ovations, but the one he earned Sunday was a long time coming.

As the "Forever and Ever, Amen" singer was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he took the mic and stunned the crowd with a moving performance — three years after suffering a debilitating stroke.

Travis stood at the podium next to wife Mary Davis-Travis at the medallion ceremony and sang "Amazing Grace" while the audience quietly sang along. It was a rare treat for fans and peers who were gathered to celebrate the 57-year-old artist.

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Randy Travis sings "Amazing Grace" with wife Mary Davis-Travis at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

"Today is the greatest day of Randy’s celebrated music career," his wife said. "Randy wants to thank you for listening and loving him. Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked."

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Randy Travis with Garth Brooks at the ceremony
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Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban of The Oak Ridge Boys onstage with Randy Travis.

In 2013, while already hospitalized for a viral heart infection, Travis had a stroke that left him fighting for his life.

Although speaking remains difficult for the country crooner, Sunday's performance proved he can still sing.

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    Country singer Randy Travis, photographed in the 1990s, has sold more than 20 million records in a career that has also seen him win seven Grammy Awards and 10 Academy of Country Music Awards.

    Travis, 54, was hospitalized in Texas on July 7, 2013, suffering from complications of viral cardiomyopathy.

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    Travis performs with former opera singer Beverly Sills, who was singing for the first time in 10 years, during the taping of a talk show pilot in New York on Aug. 13, 1988.

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    Travis holds two awards he picked up at the 1990 American Music Awards.

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    Honoring a legend

    George Jones, right, accepts his Country Music Hall of Fame award from Travis during the Country Music Association Awards show in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 30, 1992.

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    Pickin' and grinnin'

    Travis, center, joins Andy Griffith and Brynn Thayer on an episode of "Matlock" in 1993.

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    Travis, left, stars with Patrick Swayze and Meat Loaf in the 1998 movie "Black Dog," about an ex-con manipulated into transporting illegal arms.

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    Amigos

    Travis, left, and Dylan McDermott, center, star in the 2001 film "Texas Rangers." The Western drama is about a group of Rangers in post-Civil War America.

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    Travis is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his successful singing and acting career on Sept. 29, 2004.

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    Standing by her man

    Travis and his wife Lib Hatcher attend the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 29, 2004. The couple split in 2010 after 19 years of marriage.

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    Travis poses backstage after winning the Grammy for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2004.

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    One 'Idol' to another

    Travis performs with fellow country star Carrie Underwood during the live elimination show on "American Idol" in Los Angeles on March 18, 2009.

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    Getting 'Around'

    Travis poses for a picture in New York in 2008 for the release of his new album, "Around the Bend."

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    At home in Nashville

    Travis performs during the 4th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 20, 2010.

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    On the stump

    Former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, left, her husband Marcus Bachmann and some of their children watch Travis perform in her tent outside the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 13, 2011.

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    Travis performs during "CMT Crossroads: The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis" at The Factory, Liberty Hall in Franklin, Tenn., on Oct. 24, 2012.

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    Trouble with the law

    Travis is seen in a police booking photo in Sherman, Texas, on Aug. 7, 2012. The singer was charged with misdemeanor DWI and felony retaliation after he was involved in a one vehicle accident. He was later released on bond.

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    Saying farewell

    Travis performs during the funeral for country music star George Jones in the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., on May 2, 2013.

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    Stamp of approval

    Travis, John Carter Cash and Carlene Carter attend the Johnny Cash limited-edition forever stamp launch at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., on June 5, 2013.

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"Today, God’s proof of a miracle stands before you," Davis-Travis told the crowd.

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