On Tuesday night during the We’re All For The Hall fundraiser in Nashville, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Keith Urban [/lastfm]thought he was holding all the cards, but co-host Vince Gill managed to one up the New Zealand native. As far as surprise go, this one might be hard to top.
During the midst of the fundraiser, Keith Urban was called to center stage where he unzipped a black duffle bag, presented to him by Opry member, Vince Gill. Inside he found a Grand Ole Opry microphone stand. The stand is symbolic of his official invitation to join the ranks of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Reba McEntire[/lastfm], Trace Adkins, Charlie Daniels, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Martina McBride[/lastfm], Terri Clark, Garth Brooks, and many more.
The Grand Ole Opry got it’s start as a radio show based out of Nashville. It was a radio program that to this day holds much of the credit for making country music popular, and continues to honor the contributors to and voices of the industry, both old and new.
Urban’s invitation marks the first time that an artist from outside of North America has been asked to join the Opry. His official induction with take place on April 21st, and is going to be televised as part of a special 16-part series titled “Noteworthy at the Opry”.
A video of his invitation can be found on the Grand Ole Opry website: http://www.opry.com/news/2012/4-10.html