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Scotty McCreery has been invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Country legend Garth Brooks surprised the country singer with the invitation on Sunday night, December 3rd, as a Christmas gift.

“Merry Christmas,” Garth said walking onto the stage, handing McCreery a wrapped gift.

“This is a Christmas present to the Grand Ole Opry,” Garth later continued. “We would love to invite you to be the newest member of the Opry.”

“Holy cow. Yes, I would love to,” McCreery replied. “I grew up listening to your records Garth and you’re a part of what made me want to do this for a living and didn’t think that dream would become a reality, but it is because of all of y’all sitting in this house tonight. God bless y’all.”

“When I got started doing this people asked, ‘what are your goals,’” McCreery shared, voice cracking with emotion, “and I’d say ‘one day I’d like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’”

McCreery bent down and touched the circle of wood in the Opry’s center stage where so many of his heroes and peers have stood.

McCreery was the spotlight artist during “Opry Country Christmas” hosted by Larry Gatlin.

(Photo: Benji Childers; CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia)

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