The Grand Ole Opry celebrated its 86th birthday with a night of music, the Opry debut of one of country music’s most recognizable voices, the induction of its newest member, a giant cake and lots of balloons. The show was aired live on GAC as part of Opry Live.
Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeannie Seely, The Whites, Charley Pride, Jimmy C. Newman and Chuck Mead were all on hand to start off the evening. Opry member Craig Morgan was also in the Opry House. He kicked up the tempo with his new single, “This Ole Boy,” before performing his first ever No. 1, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” He also debuted a brand new song, “More Trucks Than Cars,” for the Opry audience that will be on his upcoming album.
No stranger to the Opry stage, Ronnie Dunn made his solo Opry debut during the birthday celebration. His first song was the upbeat “How Far To Waco” — and then he took a seat on a stool for a powerful acoustic performance of “Cost Of Livin,’” which he introduced as the country boy’s State of the Union address.
The highlight of the night went to Rascal Flatts as they were officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by Little Jimmy Dickens and Opry General Manager Pete Fisher. The band performed their most recent No. 1 hits as well as “Life Is A Highway” before receiving their Opry member awards from Jimmy, who has been a member of the Opry for 63 years.
“Blessed, honored, humbled, grateful — those are words that come to mind when I stand right here on this famous circle in the Grand Ole Opry House, and we are going to do this honor due diligence,” Joe Don Rooney said as he stood on the Opry stage as a member for the first time.
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The evening ended with a giant birthday cake and the night’s performers gathering on stage to sing Happy Birthday to the Opry as balloons fell from the ceiling. If you missed it on GAC last night, don’t worry — you still have a few chances to see it!