Last night, Kelsea Ballerini became the latest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Carrie Underwood did the honors of inducting her and handing her the official Opry member trophy.
Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry shared video of the induction to Instagram last night with the caption, “Congratulations, and welcome home to the newest Grand Ole #Opry Member, @kelseaballerini!”
An emotional Kelsea shared with the Opry crowd, “I really wouldn’t know what it looks like to be a woman in country music without Carrie Underwood. Your grace and your poise and your heart. And if I could be half the artist that you are, I feel like I’m doing something right. So, thank you for making time tonight to do this. I just wanna say that it’s so nice and comforting to know that no matter where life takes me and no matter if the radio stops playing me and that whatever happens I can always come here and play country music.”
Carrie and Kelsea then sang Trisha Yearwood’s 1992 hit “Walk Away Joe.”
Ballerini is the youngest member inducted into the Opry family at just 25.
Underwood was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks inducted her as a member.