NASSAU, BAHAMAS - JUNE 14: Dustin Lynch performs at CMT Story Behind the Songs LIV+ Event Experience at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island on June 14, 2018 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Sandals Royal Bahamian )

Dustin Lynch is the next country music singer to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry! Dustin will be officially inducted into the Opry on September 18.

Trace Adkins surprised the singer during his Tuesday night (August 21) performance with an invitation to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Dustin, who debuted on the Opry in 2012 with a performance of “Cowboys and Angels,” expressed his gratitude with a side of humor.

“Thank you! I wish you weren’t so big. I want to pick you up, but I couldn’t,” he told Trace. Dustin then thanked his team and recalled his first Opry performance. “I can’t even talk or I’ll start crying,” he said. “I want to say we would not be here without you guys and girls…. I’ll never forget that day.” A 15-year member of the Opry himself, Trace knows how prestigious an invitation to join the tradition is. “Being a member of the Grand Ole Opry is at the top of my list of achievements in my career and always will be,” Trace said. “We want people to be members of the Grand Ole Opry that will have a respect for this institution that it deserves, that it has earned for 92 years. We think that Dustin Lynch is going to carry on in that proud tradition.”

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