Lauren Alaina’s lifelong dream of becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry will soon come true as Trisha Yearwood invited her to join the coveted institution on Saturday evening.
Alaina, 27, nearly lost her ability to breathe following the surprise invitation.
“Junior (her nickname for Alaina), I have a present for you. And I have some surprises for you too,” Yearwood teased as she joined Lauren on stage during her set. “I know your Mom is here and I know your Dad is as well. He’s super proud of you right now because I have the honor of asking you on behalf of the Grand Ole Opry if you will please accept our invitation of becoming our newest member.”
Alaina was overcome with emotion as she dropped to her knees. With tears rolling down her face, she finally mustered up the courage to speak.
“Yes!,” she exclaimed as she held Yearwood’s hand. “I did not expect this. You are my hero. I could not have picked a more perfect person to ask me. She calls me Junior- ya’ll I’m in her phone as Junior which is the coolest thing to have happened to me besides this!”
“You are the real deal,” Yearwood went on to say. “You’ve played over 50 times. It’s obvious what this means to you. This is a very special club to be in so you have to understand what the Opry means to be asked. It’s such an honor. Country music is in good hands with you. Soak up every second!”
Following the surprise Opry invitation, Alaina took to Instagram to reflect on the moment.
“What words can I use to convey what this means to me? The @opry is the most magical place on earth. It takes my breath away every single time I step out on that stage. It has been my biggest dream in my career to become an official member of the Opry family,” she wrote.
The singer/songwriter continued, “My two trishas really came through for me last night. @trishayearwood, thank you for being a part of my special night. I will NEVER forget that you were the one to ask me. Junior loves you. And @trishamcclanahan, you made sure my night was perfect. And it was. This is as much yours as it is mine. Thank you. It was certainly a night to reMEMBER. It is an honor, and I will never be able to say thank you enough. ❤️”
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Lauren Alaina made her Opry debut on June 10, 2011, just one week after she was named runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol. Earlier this fall, she made her milestone 50th appearance on the iconic stage.