Watch Lady A react to becoming newest members of the Grand Ole Opry

Lady A just joined the Grand Ole Opry!

January 22, 2021, 1:37 PM

Lady A just joined the Grand Ole Opry in a surprise announcement made Thursday.

The "Need You Now" singers -- Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood -- learned about their nomination while taping their performance for the "Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music" celebration, which airs Feb. 14 on NBC.

PHOTO: In this Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood of Lady A perform onstage for the 2020 iHeartCountry Festival in Nashville.
In this Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood of Lady A perform onstage for the 2020 iHeartCountry Festival in Nashville.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia, FILE

The Grand Ole Opry announced the good news via Twitter, saying current Opry member Darius Rucker was the one to extend the exclusive invitation.

In a teaser clip of the group's induction, Rucker introduces Lady A by praising their extensive accomplishments that decorate their nearly 15-year history.

"This trio are multi-platinum superstars. Seven time Grammy Award-winners ... seven time CMA winners, too! And I feel so, so honored right now to stand here in the Opry house and hope they accept the invitation I'm thrilled to be offering them right now," Rucker smiles. "So, Lady A, would you like to be the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry?"

VIDEO: Watch Lady A react to becoming newest Grand Ole Opry members
The "Need You Now" singers learned about their nomination while taping their performance for the "Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music" celebration.

The trio initially react in disbelief before becoming overwhelmed by excitement. Scott then bursts out in tears, eliciting jokes that the announcement should have been saved for after their performance.

The Grand Ole Opry announced in a follow-up tweet that Lady A's membership is "effective immediately."

Becoming an Opry member is considered one of country music's highest honors.

"There's no magic formula and no secret code that grants access to one of the most coveted invitations in all of music. The path to an Opry membership may be in the hands of management, but its members guarantee the Grand Ole Opry's future," the nearly 100-year-old institution says on its website.

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