Wilson receives Opry invite
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Wilson receives Opry invite

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 – Lainey Wilson was surprised by Opry member Reba McEntire tonight, live on NBC's "The Voice," with an invitation to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Wilson will be inducted into the Opry family on June 7. She made her Opry debut on Valentine's Day, 2020.

Immediately following Wilson's performance, McEntire walked to Wilson, saying, "Lainey, I am so proud of you. You did a wonderful job. I have heard that I have inspired you in what you have done so far, and I am thrilled to death if I have had anything to do with your career because you are blowing it up. I was so proud of you at the ACMs the other night, and I couldn't be more proud to be the one that helps you continue to bridge the gap between our generations. I'd like to be the person to invite you to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry."

McEntire then presented Wilson with a gift commemorating the occasion, a custom-made belt buckle reading "Opry" and "Lainey" with "2024" emblazoned on its reverse side.

"I am so incredibly honored to be invited to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opy and to have the legendary Reba McEntire surprise me during tonight's show was such an unforgettable moment," said Wilson. "This is something I've always dreamed of, ever since my first trip to the Opry when I was nine years old. I will never forget this moment."

"There is not a doubt in my mind that Lainey will make an impact on country music and the Grand Ole Opry for generations to come," said Dan Rogers, Opry executive producer. "On the eve of the Opry's 100th year, we're so very excited to say 'welcome home' to one of country music's great voices and personalities."


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