The members of Lady A were surprised with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry from their longtime friend and Grand Ole Opry member, Darius Rucker.
The special invitation was delivered on Thursday (Jan. 21) while the GRAMMY-winning trio was filming their performance for the upcoming NBC primetime special, Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music.
Rucker invited Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood to join and revealed that their membership is effective immediately. Watch the emotional moment below.
While introducing the trio for their performance, Rucker said, “What can you say about three friends of yours who together have become one of the biggest groups in Country Music history? Well, how about this? This trio are multi-platinum superstars, seven-time Grammy Award winners and seven-time CMA Award winners too. And I feel so honored to stand here in the Opry House and hope they accept the invitation I am thrilled to be offering them tonight. So, what do you say, Lady A? Would you like to become members of the Opry?”
“This is the best surprise we could ever ask for,” an emotional Scott said. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl so to say we are honored is an understatement. We are so truly grateful to officially be a part of this amazing family.”
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The emotional moment, as well as Lady A’s first performance as Opry members, will air during Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music. Fellow Opry members Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton have been tapped to host the two-hour special, airing Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music promises to be an “unforgettable night of music” with appearances from some of country music’s biggest stars performing their own hits as well as covering classics originally recorded by some of the Grand Ole Opry’s most famous members. The show will also feature archival content and interviews as well as performances and appearances by country artists throughout their careers.
Additional details about the show will be announced in the coming weeks.