A two-hour television special honoring “the iconic Nashville show and its incredible country stars,” the filmed event will mark almost a century of uninterrupted broadcasts by the Opry. Beginning in 1925 and airing every weekend — even during the Nashville flood of 2010 and after COVID-19 prevented in-person audiences in 2020 — the show has been a huge influence on country’s growth, influencing generations of new stars with through more than 4,500 consecutive broadcasts.
The tribute special will highlight that history, showcasing original performances, behind the scenes content and rarely seen archival footage as it pulls a string through decades of country music. Artists from the modern format will be shown alongside film clips of the genre’s classic heroes, and current hits will join covers of classics from the Opry’s most famous members… just like it does every weekend.
Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music is set to air Sunday, February 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and the Grand Ole Opry itself will soldier on each week as always. With shows on Fridays and Saturdays, it can be heard on WSM-AM terrestrial radio, Sirius XM satellite radio and the WSM website, and can now be seen on the new Circle streaming network. Limited in-person audiences are now being allowed back in the Opryhouse, and Paisley and Shelton both count themselvs as Opry members.