After her tears-of-joy invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry this Christmas, Lauren Alaina has been given a date that will make her country dreams come true. On February 12, 2022, the “Getting Over Him” singer will be inducted into country’s most hallowed institution, becoming a fully-fledged member of the historic Opry family.
Sharing the news with fans last week, (January 21), Alaina and the Opry say the moment will be one to remember. Just like her unforgettable invitation, Alaina’s induction will feature her friend and mentor, Trisha Yearwood — but this time, everyone will know what’s coming.
Back in December when Alaina got the biggest surprise of her life, live on stage and on the show’s famous 650 AM-WSM radio station, the rising star Alaina dropped to her knees in joyful disbelief, stunned by both the invitation and Yearwood’s sincere words of praise.
“You are the real deal,” Yearwood said at the time. “You’ve played [the Opry] over 50 times. It’s obvious what this means to you. This is a very special club to be in so you have to understand what the Opry means to be asked. It’s such an honor. Country music is in good hands with you. Soak up every second!”
Reacting to the moment on social media, Alaina could hardly process her happiness.
“What words can I use to convey what this means to me?” she wrote. “The @opry is the most magical place on earth. It takes my breath away every single time I step out on that stage. It has been my biggest dream in my career to become an official member of the Opry family. … It was certainly a night to reMEMBER. It is an honor, and I will never be able to say thank you enough. ❤️”
Alaina first played the Grand Ole Opry in 2011, shortly after becoming a runner up on American Idol. Her Opry induction can be seen on the Circle Network and as part of the Opry Live livestream on Circle All Access Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It can also be heard on opry.com and wsmonline.com, SiriusXM: Willie’s Roadhouse, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM.
Alaina and Yearwood became friends after sharing a duet on Alaina’s track “Getting Good” from her recent album Sitting Pretty On Top of the World, and Yearwood also wrote the foreword to Alaina’s just-released Amazon best-selling inspirational book, Getting Good At Being You. They have appeared together on Yearwood’s Food Network cooking show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, as well.
Also scheduled to perform on the Grand Ole Opry February 12 are Breland, The Isaacs, Riders In The Sky, with more to be announced, and tickets are on sale now. In other Lauren Alaina news, she just became the first ever celebrity brand ambassador for the women’s clothing brand Maurices.