Lainey Wilson Is Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry

 Lainey Wilson is officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The Louisiana native was inducted on June 7, by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

“I just want to say, I’m a little bit biased, but there can never be too many women at the Grand Ole Opry,” Yearwood said. “I’ve had the chance to know you, Lainey, just a little bit, and what I know is, the biggest compliment I think I can pay you is, you get it. You know what it menas to love country music. You love the Grand Ole Opry, and that’s really what it’s all about. When I think about the future of country music, I know with you in it, we’re going to be okay.”

Wilson was understandably emotional as she was officially welcomed by both Brooks and Yearwood into the Grand Ole Opry.

“Tonight, it feels like the biggest night of my life,” Wilson said. “We’ve had a crazy couple of years, and all of the awards and everything. But this right here is the highest honor for me. It feels like that stamp of approval from everyone that has stood right here, and it just lights another fire under my butt.”

Wilson then invited all of her family, and her boyfriend, Devlin “Duck” Hodges, to join her on stage.

“They worked so hard for me to have opportunities. I want them to stand in the circle with me too,” Wilson said through tears. “Nine years old, I was sitting right back there, and I’ll be honest, as a little girl, I didn’t dream about my wedding day. I didn’t dream about what song I’d play at my wedding. I dreamed about this right here. I dreamed about what song would I play in this circle, if I got the opportunity. ”

Ahead of her induction, the “Hang Tight Honey” singer spoke about the significance of being an Opry member, especially at this point in her career.

“It’s hard to wrap your head around it,” Wilson admitted. “My family is here tonight … I have the whole town of Baskin and Franklin Parish here. The people who supported me before I found the support here in Nashville. It just feels like a big, full-circle moment for me. From a very early age, I wanted to play here. I wanted to come here, then I wanted to play here, then I wanted to be a member.

“And it feels like I’ve taken a million steps to get here, but it also feels like one big giant leap, and I think the leap is really just a leap of faith, so I’m very excited and honored,” she added.

Wilson was invited to join by Reba McEntire, while Wilson was performing as part of the Season 25 finale of The Voice. Her Whirlwind album will be out on August 23. Find all of Wilson’s music and upcoming shows at

Read ‘Lainey Wilson: 11 Things to Know About Her Extraordinary Life and Career’ here.

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