Keith Urban accepted an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry while onstage Tuesday night at his annual All for the Hall concert in Nashville. Opry members Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio and the Oak Ridge Boys were on hand to extend the invite and present Keith with a Grand Ole Opry microphone stand as part of the announcement.
Keith grew very emotional at the good news and recalled his first time playing the Opry, calling it an “extraordinarily surreal moment.” Upon learning of his Opry induction, Keith added, “This right here is just a whole other stratosphere. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Keith will be formally inducted into the Opry on Saturday, April 21, and fans can watch it live on the premiere of the new GAC show Noteworthy at the Opry that night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Of course, the All for the Hall concert was full of big performances from stars such as Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. The show benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Hall of Famers Don Williams and Merle Haggard made surprise appearances on the show as well. Haggard closed out the night with a four-song set including “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” and “Silver Wings.”
Miranda Lambert‘s girl group Pistol Annies was a crowd favorite, and Thompson Square and Little Big Town performed too as part of the night’s salute to country’s duos and groups.
Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama turned in a subdued set, featuring “Lady Down on Love” and “Feels So Right.”
Keith Urban actually kicked the show off with his latest #1 hit, “You’re Gonna Fly,” and followed it up with “Sweet Thing.”
This year’s All for the Hall concert attracted about 16,000 fans to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Details on how much money was raised for the Country Music Hall of Fame will be announced at a later date.
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