Lady A were invited to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry.
The GRAMMY-winning group were pre-taping their performance on Thursday (Jan. 21) for the upcoming two-hour anniversary special on NBC, when country superstar Darius Rucker surprised Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry and announced that their membership is effective immediately.
Introducing the group for their performance during the special, 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,” Lady A’s Hillary 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.”
The surprise invitation to join the Opry will be shared with fans and viewers during the upcoming 95th Anniversary special on Valentine’s Day.
Watch the emotional moment below.
Lady A made their Opry debut on November 2, 2007.
Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton will serve as co-hosts for Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music, honoring the iconic Nashville show and the incredible country stars that call it home.
Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music is set to air Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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.