Lauren Alaina inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by mentor Trisha Yearwood
Oh, what a night for Lauren Alaina. The 27-year-old country singer was officially inducted and welcomed as a new member of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night (February 12) by her friend/mentor Trisha Yearwood.
To kick off her induction, Alaina took the stage to perform her hit song with Kane Brown, “What Ifs,” before Yearwood was introduced to do the honours.
“A lot of people love you,” Yearwood said before showing a video of Dolly Parton offering her best wishes for the induction.
“You and I have a lot in common,” Parton said via video. “We both started young, we love country music and we love the Grand Ole Opry and I would give a million dollars if I could be there with Trisha and Garth and all the people who love you to get you inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Nothing like. I just want to wish you the best in your entire career and good luck with the Grand Ole Opry, we love you.
“It’s pretty cool,” Yearwood said of the video. “What I’ve observed from knowing you for a few years is how genuine you are. I think country music is in good hands. You’re exactly the kind of artist the Opry loves. , wants and research Usually when someone is inducted they say “this is in the name of all members of the Grand Ole Opry”, and I’m going to say that, but I also mean to every person, from the house band to the team, whose it is to park cars, everyone tonight is saying how much you deserve it and it was about time So on behalf of myself, everyone in the Opry, crew and all associated with the Opry, you are now officially a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Miss Lauren Alaina.
Alaina, who was a runner-up to Scotty McCreery in the 10th season of american idol and appeared on the Opry more than 50 times, was emotional as she stood in the circle on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
“Thank you. It’s so awesome. I’ve dreamed of this moment since I was little. Both my parents raised me with a huge appreciation for country music and all it is, and all people, including you ( Yearwood) and Dolly Parton, who preceded me. I just want to say that I promise to do everything I can to represent country music,” Alaina said. “I learned today that I am now the youngest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. It’s pretty cool, and I promise to represent this family well. I have felt like family here for as long as I can remember. Everyone at the Opry has always made me feel like family, so for me to finally officially be in is the biggest dream come true of all time. Most little girls dreamed of their wedding; I dreamed of this. God bless you guys and God bless country music.
“We are all thrilled to add an artist of Lauren’s caliber and a personality we all love to the Opry ranks,” said Dan Rogers, Executive Producer of Opry. “Anyone in the audience or listening in tonight could easily see that this is going to be a great wedding for decades to come.”
– Grand Ole Opry (@opry) February 13, 2022
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