Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton To Co-Host Opry Anniversary Special

Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton are teaming up to honor the Grand Ole Opry during an upcoming primetime television special. …


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January 20, 2021


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Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton are teaming up to honor the Grand Ole Opry during an upcoming primetime television special. 

The longtime Opry members have been tapped to co-host Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music, honoring the legendary Nashville show and the country music stars that call it home. 

The two-hour special is set to air on Sunday, February 14 at 9 pm ET/PT on NBC. 

Paisley will celebrate his 20th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member that same week. Shelton recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as an Opry member. 

Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music promises to be an “unforgettable night of music” with appearances from some of country music’s biggest stars performing their own hits as well as covering classics originally recorded by some of the Grand Ole Opry’s most famous members. The show will also feature archival content and interviews as well as performances and appearances by country artists throughout their careers. 

Additional details about the show will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.