"Gimme an O!! Gimme a P!!!! Gimme an R!!! Gimme a Y!!!!! What's that spell?!!! Me!!!!!!!!"
True to form, Blake Shelton--one of country music's most prolific Twitter members--tweeted a triumphant (and humorous) cheer after becoming the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night.
Shelton, who first set foot on the Opry stage back in 2001, was officially inducted by his good friend Trace Adkins before a sold-out Opry House audience. When presenting Shelton with the Opry Member Award, Adkins proclaimed, "With great reverence and respect, it means the world to me to be the one to hand this to you."
After receiving the award, Shelton attempted to put into words the emotion he felt. "I get the same feeling when I come to the Opry as when I see one of my heroes," he said. "I am in awe. To me, the Grand Ole Opry is an artist and I'm really proud to be one of its songs."
Shelton kicked off the evening by performing "All About Tonight." Additionally, he sang "She Wouldn't Be Gone," and closed with "Home." Adkins also joined Shelton on stage for a performance of their hit duet "Hillbilly Bone." Fans had been invited earlier in the week via Shelton's and the Opry's official sites to help choose the numbers he played at the induction.
Although Shelton's parents were reportedly in attendance at the ceremony, his fiancee, Miranda Lambert, was performing on tour in Nebraska. Regardless, she took the time to tweet proudly, "I am engaged to an official opry member!!!!"
However, just like her husband-to-be--who was actually invited to join the Opry via Twitter last month--she couldn't resist slipping in a little humor.
"So should I call it my 'Grand ol' Opry in law'?"
Congratulations, Blake, on receiving one of country music's most coveted honors! Be sure to leave your own well-wishes for Blake here!
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