Vince Gill with Keith Urban - Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Last night, Vince Gill presented Keith Urban with an Grand Ole Opry microphone stand and asked him join the Opry during the We're All for the Hall Concert benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at the Bridgestone Arena.
On April 21st, 2012, Keith Urban will become the first member of the Grand Ole Opry not born in North America.
Keith Urban is no stranger to Kentucky, having sold out concerts at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. One of those concerts was filmed for his DVD special. He had previously performed at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center early in his solo country music career.
"I don't know what to say. Gosh, man, thank you so much to everyone at the Grand Ole Opry tonight. I'm shocked. It's a huge honor and how beautiful to have this happen tonight of all nights. I so appreciate this," Urban said on stage, surrounding by other Opry members Gill had called back on the stage. Members of The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio and Rascal Flatts were among those that came back to welcome Urban to the family.
The evening was packed with entertainment by Alabama, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, the Band Perry, Pistol Annies, and Thompson Square. Country Music Hall of Fame members Merle Haggard and Don Williams appeared before the sold-out crowd.