Scotty McCreery emotionally dedicated his Grand Ole Opry performance of the heartfelt song, “Five More Minutes,” to the late Charley Pride on Saturday evening (Dec. 12).
McCreery reflected on his previous interactions with Pride prior to his performance and applauded the legendary country singer for always making him feel welcome.
“It is always a special night getting to play the Grand Ole Opry, so many great memories here. So many great artists have come here before me and one of those that I’ve always been such a big fan of we lost today, Mr. Charley Pride,” McCreery shared. “That guy, he was always such a joy, to talk to backstage and he always made you feel like you’re the only one in the room. Just the nicest guy, we talked baseball, just music, everything so tonight, we’re gonna play ‘Five More Minutes, which I wrote for my Granddaddy Bill, but tonight, this song goes out to Mr. Charley Pride, y’all.”
McCreery went on to perform “Five More Minutes” in his honor. (Watch below at the 4:58 mark.)
Prior to the Grand Ole Opry show, McCreery paid tribute to Pride, who was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, on social media calling him “a true legend and trailblazer.”
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Charley Pride passed away due to complications of COVID-19 on the morning of Saturday, December 12 at the age of 86. According to a statement released by his family, Pride was admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms in late November, but “despite the incredible efforts, skill and care of his medical team over the past several weeks, he was unable to overcome the virus.”
Following Pride’s death, several country music artists paid tribute to him on social media with heartfelt tributes.