Kane Brown made his Grand Ole Opry debut during Sunday (Feb. 14) night’s two-hour NBC Opry special.
During Brown’s Opry debut, he paid tribute to his 1-year-old daughter, Kingsley, with a performance of a song that he wrote about her called “For My Daughter,” a moving track that was first released just days after Kingsley’s birth in October 2019.
“Country music always needs new superstars and this next talented guy has been making a very big impression in country music and beyond over the last few years in a big way,” Blake Shelton explained.
“Only five years ago or so, our next performer was living in Chattanooga, Tennessee posting videos of himself singing his favorite country songs, most of them I’m sure by us,” Brad Paisley added before introducing Brown to the stage. “We’re so glad he’s taking his rightful place in our circle for this special night.”
As he stepped into the circle for the first time ever, Brown shared what it meant to him to be on that hallowed stage.
“I’m so excited, this is my debut playing at the Opry and I get to sing a song I wrote for my daughter,” Brown shared. He concluded his Opry debut with a message to Kingsley, “I love you baby girl,” and later added, “thank you guys for letting me play in the Opry.”
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Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music also featured performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Lady A, Little Big Town, Little Big Town, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood.
The show also gave fans a look back at some of the most iconic performances in Opry history and showcased archived Opry interview and performance footage from today’s Opry members and legendary artists.
Additionally, the two-hour special also included star-studded collaborations from Darius Rucker featuring Old Crow Medicine Show, Carrie Underwood with Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart, Vince Gill featuring Reba McEntire and more.
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton, Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music aired on Sunday, February 14 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.