Opry inducts Urban
Sunday, April 22, 2012
– Keith Urban was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Saturday by Opry members Trace Adkins and Josh Turner.
On stage after Urban had performed his hits Days Go By and Without You, Adkins presented him with his Opry Member Award and made membership official.
"Thank you very much! Yee haw! That is awesome!" Urban began. After thanking the Opry's members, his parents (who "got me into country music and drove me around to all the gigs"), his wife and daughters, and his fan, Urban said, "It's a long way from Caboolture [Queensland, Australia] to the stage here at the Grand Ole Opry ... and to stand in this circle is the most phenomenal thing. I just want to thank the Opry for this honor, but also the responsibility. This is a responsibility that I take deep to the heart of me. ...This once and for all shows the global popularity and reach of country music. ... I honor the history of country music, but I absolutely fully dedicate myself to the future of country music, as well. God bless you all."
After the induction Urban added his name plaque to the Member Gallery backstage at the Opry by using a pocketknife given to him by Opry member Marty Stuart. Later during an after show reception, Urban used the same knife to cut the Fender-shaped guitar cake. Urban joked, "I just got this knife tonight and already I've used it to screw in a plaque and cut a cake."
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