Grand Ole Opry just announced the performers for their upcoming 95th anniversary special.
Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kane Brown, Lady A, Little Big Town, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood are among the star-studded list of performances during the two-hour celebration dubbed Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years Of Country Music.
According to a press release, the NBC special is set to “honor the iconic Nashville show and the incredible country stars that call it home.”
In addition to artists performing their original songs, the special will also feature one-of-a-kind Opry member collaborations and incredible covers that will include Kelsea Ballerini singing Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing At All,” Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart’s duet of “Pancho & Lefty,” and Lady A’s rendition of Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen.” All performances were pre-recorded at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN.
The show will be co-hosted by superstars Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley. Paisley is set to celebrate his 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry that same week, while Shelton recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as an Opry member.
Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years Of Country Music will feature “original performances, stunning archival footage and behind-the-scenes stories” during the two-hour celebration.
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The Opry has inspired and created major moments in a country music artist’s career for over nine decades. This long held tradition is carried on in the special, with two special moments featured. During Lady A’s performance taping for the special, Opry member Darius Rucker surprised the group with an invitation to join the hallowed institution. Kane Brown’s performance in the special marks his official Opry debut.
“This special is going to capture so much of what makes the Opry a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience,” said Dan Rogers, Opry Vice President and Executive Producer. “10-year Opry member Blake and 20-year member Brad guide us through a powerful Opry debut, an Opry membership invitation given to one of country’s most awarded vocal groups, performances of some of today’s chart-topping hits and timeless songs that have rung out from the Opry stage for decades, and a look back at cherished members of the Opry family and musical moments that have come to define the Opry we know today.”
The “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music” telecast is a production of Grand Ole Opry and Brad Lachman Productions with Lachman serving as executive producer. Along with Lachman, Dan Rogers and Scott Bailey are executive producers. Bill Bracken, Brad Lachman Productions, is co-executive producer.
Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music is set to air on Sunday, February 14 from 9-11 p.m. EST on NBC.