Blake Shelton is now a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The singer calls an Opry induction "the Nashville dream" and "the pinnacle" of accomplishments. He adds that he believes it's the greatest honor he could ever receive in his career.
Shelton was inducted Saturday night in front of a sold-out audience that included family, friends and fans. Fellow country star and "Hillbilly Bone" duet partner Trace Adkins took on the task of officially welcoming Shelton to the Opry. In so doing, Adkins presented Shelton with the Opry Member Award. Shelton also performed some of his hits at the Opry Saturday night. His set included "She Wouldn't Be Gone," which was the song fans voted to hear through an Opry Twitter campaign, and his most recent chart-topper "It's All About Tonight." "Home" was the first song Shelton performed as an Opry member.
Blake Shelton made his Grand Ole Opry debut in May 2001. Nine years later, on September 28th, 2010, he was invited to become the venue's newest member. The invitation came on the same night that the country music community came together to celebrate the reopening of the Opry House five months after flood damaged the home of the legendary music showcase. The Grand Ole Opry is celebrating 85 years of existence this year.