Reba McEntire invites Lainey Wilson to become an Opry member on ‘The Voice’ season finale

Reba McEntire invites Lainey Wilson to become an Opry member on 'The Voice' season finale
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For the first time in five years, the Grand Ole Opry will induct an Academy of Country Music or Country Music Association entertainer of the year into their number.

“Lainey, I am so proud of you. You did a wonderful job. I have heard that I’ve inspired you and what you’ve done so far, and I am thrilled to death if I had anything to do with your career, ’cause you are blowing it up. I couldn’t be more proud to be the one that helps you continue to bridge the gap between our generations, keep ’em all goin’. I’d like to be the person who invites you to be an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.” Lainey’s half-decade ‘whirlwind’ of history with the Opry Notably, in regard to the Opry, Wilson became the first member of the Opry’s Nextstage emerging talent incubator program to become an Opry member.

Opry NextStage class membership typically involves frequent Opry stage appearances and greater inclusion in the program and venue’s marketing strategies.

“The Opry, foremost, is a community of performers. So we want to see them perform on the Opry, connecting with past generations of Opry favorites like Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely and Connie Smith. Then, one day, we even hope that they’ll become Opry members, too,” stated Jordan Pettit, the director of artist relations and programming strategy for Opry Entertainment Group, to The Tennessean, in 2022.

Wilson has been a frequent Opry guest since making her debut in February 2020, following her Nashville arrival nine years prior, with her home hooked to her car on a trailer hitch.

Upon making her Opry debut, Wilson noted, “Most little girls dream about their wedding day, their wedding dress and walking down the aisle with their daddy. But is the day I’ve been dreaming about.” While welcoming 2024’s Nextstage class, Wilson said the moment, like many for her of late, was a “Full-circle” career evolution.


Reba McEntire invites Lainey Wilson to become an Opry member on 'The Voice' season finale
Reba McEntire invites Lainey Wilson to become an Opry member on ‘The Voice’ season finale


“My family’s over here tonight, and I will say, they took me to Nashville when I was 9 years old and we went to the Grand Ole Opry, and we saw Bill Anderson and Crystal Gayle and Little Jimmy Dickens, and I knew that I wanted to play there, I wanted to do it. It is so crazy that you’re asking me to be a member ’cause I look up to you so much. I’m not talking about just musically, but the way that you carry yourself and your work ethic, you inspire me every day,” Wilson stated to McEntire.

Country music prominent in The Voice’s 25th Season Country music has dominated the most recent season of the program as recent ACM award winners and country radio and streaming favorites Dan Shay joined the program alongside McEntire and appearances by artists, including Country Music Hall of Famer Wynonna Judd as a special guest judge.

Dan Shay previously appeared on “The Voice” as “Battle advisors” for Blake Shelton in Season 20.

Shelton left the program in Season 23 after over a decade in its legendary red chairs.

Rising Nashville performer Tae Lewis appeared on the 25th season as well, gaining early favor from his blind audition performance of Keith Urban’s 2002 single “Somebody Like You,” which attracted attention from both McEntire and Grammy-winning soul icon John Legend.

The competition series’ 25th season finale also featured performances from a star-studded lineup of country favorites, including Wilson’s “Save Me” collaborator Jelly Roll and Thomas Rhett.

Notably, artists with Nashville in their creative DNA, including The Black Keys and R&B favorite Muni Long, plus former “The Voice” season judges including Kelly Clarkson, Shelton and Gwen Stefani, were among the artists who appeared.

This follows one day earlier, when Urban, “The Voice” Season 25 Mega Mentor, performed his current single, “Messed Up As Me.” Team Reba singer Asher HaVon was crowned the winner of Season 25 during the NBC singing competition’s two-hour finale Tuesday night.

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