Thursday, January 21, 2021
– Lady A thought it was merely coming to the Grand Ole Opry to record an NBC special.
They left the venerated building with membership in the Opry, courtesy of Darius Rucker, who made the invitation – effective immediately – during the taping.
Rucker gave an introduction to the trio, citing their success and then asked, "I feel so so honored right now to stand here right in the Opry House and hope they accept the invitation I'm thrilled to be offering them right now. Lady A, would you guys like to be the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry?"
"What" shrieked Hillary Scott.
"Is that really happening?" said Charles Kelley said.
Scott broke into tears. "You couldn't wait until after we sang?" Kelley joked.
Dave Haywood is the third member of the trio.
"This is the best surprise we could ever ask for!! Today while filming for an upcoming @Opry special, @DariusRucker invited us to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry. To say we are honored is an understatement. We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing family."
The special is "Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music," which will be broadcast on Feb. 14 at 9 p.m.
Lady A, then known as Lady Antebellum, made their Opry debut on Nov. 2, 2007.