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Carly Pearce is set to become the latest member to join the Grand Ole Opry after Dolly Parton surprised Pearce by asking her to join the famed country music institution.

In a video posted by Grand Ole Opry, Pearce, who is backstage at the Opry House, can be seen giving an interview, which she assumes is to promote Dollywood. In the middle of Pearce talking about her memories of Parton’s theme park in Tennessee, Parton herself walks in, giving Pearce a huge surprise.

Parton notes that Pearce has already performed at the Grand Ole Opry 80 times, adding, “You should be a member of the Grand Ole Opry! What’s the matter with them?”

When Pearce replies, “I agree,” Parton again surprises her by saying, “I came here today to tell you, you are now an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.”

(Photo: Allister Ann)

Our very own @DollyParton shared some special news with @CarlyPearce! We’ll give you a hint.YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE NEXT MEMBER OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY! Official induction date set for August 3! Check out the moment it all happened. pic.twitter.com/fLiArEdUhT

— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) June 23, 2021

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