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Charles, Hillary & Dave (Lady A) respond to their Opry Membership invitation by Opry Member Darius Rucker. (Photo by Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry/courtesy of Schmidt Relations)
Charles, Hillary & Dave (Lady A) respond to their Opry Membership invitation by Opry Member Darius Rucker. (Photo by Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry/courtesy of Schmidt Relations)

Lady A invited to become newest members of Grand Ole Opry

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Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 05:35 pm

Honor will be part of NBC’s 2-hour ‘Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music’ airing Feb. 14

Grammy Award-winning group Lady A was surprised with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry during the group’s performance taping for the upcoming two-hour NBC special, “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music” airing Feb. 14 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Opry member Darius Rucker extended the invitation to Hillary, Charles and Dave on the Opry stage and announced their membership is effective immediately. The invitation and the group’s first performance as an Opry member will be shared with fans and viewers everywhere as very special moments during the television special. Lady A made their Opry debut on Nov. 2, 2007. 

Introducing the group for their performance in the special, Rucker said, “What can you say about three friends of yours who together have become one of the biggest groups in country music history? Well, how about this? This trio are multi-Platinum superstars, seven-time Grammy Award winners and seven-time CMA Award winners, too. And I feel so honored to stand here in the Opry House and hope they accept the invitation I am thrilled to be offering them tonight. So, what do you say, Lady A? Would you like to become members of the Opry?”

“This is the best surprise we could ever ask for,” Lady A’s Hillary Scott said. "I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl, so to say we are honored is an understatement. We are so truly grateful to officially be a part of this amazing family.”

Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton will serve as co-hosts for “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music,” honoring the iconic Nashville show and the country stars that call it home. The two-hour special is set to air on NBC. 

Over the course of their decade-plus career, Lady A has become one of the 21st century’s premier vocal groups, blending deeply felt emotions with classic country sounds. While ushering more than 18 million album units, 34 million tracks sold and nearly 5 billion digital streams, the trio recently earned its 11th career No. 1 with the multiweek chart-topper “Champagne Night.” Additionally, the trio earned the biggest first week streams of its career with the critically acclaimed No. 1 album “Ocean.”

Known for their nine-times-Platinum hit “Need You Now,” which is the highest certified song by a country group, Lady A has earned CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors, including five Grammy awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and a Tony Award nod.

The trio recently announced details for the newly formed LadyAID Scholarship Fund, supporting students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. With the hopes of helping relieve financial barriers to higher education and empower Black communities around the country, the applications will be available in early 2021. For more information, visit www.ladyamusic.com.

Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville. The Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties. For more information, visit opry.com.

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