Trisha Yearwood surprised Lauren Alaina with the invite that every country music singer dreams of on Saturday evening (Dec. 18).
Live in Nashville, Tennessee, the country superstar and wife of Garth Brooks surprised Alaina with the invite to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The Opry revealed the news late Saturday evening on social media with a photo of the emotion-filled moment, which took place in the famed Opry circle.
During Alaina’s performance, a video message appeared in the background of the stage from Yearwood.
“Hey… is that Lauren Alaina?” Yearwood then made her way on stage. “Junior (her nickname for Alaina), I have a present for you. And I have some surprises for you too. I know your Mom is here, and I know your Dad is as well. He’s super proud of you right now because I have the honor of asking you on behalf of the Grand Ole Opry if you will please accept our invitation of becoming our newest member.”
“This is sort of like a wedding proposal, you have to say ‘yes,’” Yearwood joked after sharing a hug with Alaina.
“Yes!” Alaina said in a state of disbelief before Yearwood declared, “The next member of the Grand Ole Opry, Lauren Alaina. I love you, and I’m so proud of you. I love you so much,” Yearwood said, in front of a capacity crowd.
Holding Yearwood’s hand after many minutes catching her breath, “I did not expect this. You are my hero. I could not have picked a more perfect person to ask me. She calls me Junior- y’all I’m in her phone as Junior which is the coolest thing to have happened to me besides this!”
“You are the real deal,” Yearwood went on to say. “You’ve played over 50 times. It’s obvious what this means to you. This is a very special club to be in, so you have to understand what the Opry means to be asked. It’s such an honor. Country music is in good hands with you. Soak up every second!”
Watch the emotional moment below.
Following the surprise, Alaina reflected on the special moment via Instagram.
“What words can I use to convey what this means to me? The @opry is the most magical place on earth. It takes my breath away every single time I step out on that stage,” Alaina wrote.
“It has been my biggest dream in my career to become an official member of the Opry family. My two Trishas really came through for me last night. @trishayearwood, thank you for being a part of my special night. I will NEVER forget that you were the one to ask me. Junior loves you,” Alaina continued. “And @trishamcclanahan, you made sure my night was perfect. And it was. This is as much yours as it is mine. Thank you. It was certainly a night to reMEMBER. It is an honor, and I will never be able to say thank you enough. ❤️”
Alaina will be formally inducted into the Opry family on an early 2022 date to be announced soon.
“Lauren has been visiting us for 10 years, yet she still brings youthful exuberance and excitement with her every single time she plays the Opry,” said Dan Rogers, Opry vice president and executive producer. “We are thrilled that her name will be added to the Opry member roster next year.”
Tickets for 2022 Opry performances January 1 – June 11 and the 97th Opry Birthday Bash shows taking place October 7 and 8, 2022 are on sale now. Go to opry.com/2022shows to learn more or call 1-800-SEE-OPRY.
The Opry was the first major stage Alaina played just a week after she was named runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol, making her Opry debut on June 10, 2011. Earlier this fall she marked her 50th appearance on the Opry.