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Flashback: Reba McEntire Invites Little Big Town to Join the Opry


The members of Little Big Town, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet, credit the Grand Ole Opry stage for everything they have today -- and they should! In 1999, LBT made their Opry debut on the same day they had their first public appearance. A few executives in Nashville, Tennessee, convinced them they were ready for the big stage.

Through the years, the band's success grew in country music with singles like "Boondocks," "Bring It On Home," and "Little White Church." The band continued to play the Opry and gathered many nominations for the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year award.

In 2014, the supergroup released their No. 1 hit "Pontoon," which granted the band a CMA Single of the Year award and finally won the CMA Award for Vocal Group of the Year.


In October of 2014, after a three-song set, Reba McEntire stepped on stage with the band and surprised the band with the golden question, "I know the Grand Ole Opry is very important to y'all because this is the first place you guys played together as a group in 1999. I have been asked to ask y'all, Little Big Town, would y'all like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?"

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On October 17, 2014, Opry members Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens inducted Little Big Town into the Grand Ole Opry. Opry Vice President Pete Fisher was on stage to present the band with their new Opry Member Award.

"The word 'family' really means something out here. It really does," Gill told Little Big Town as he inducted them. "You'll make friends like I have with this man right here," he said, pointing at Dickens. "You'll be so be blessed by the friends you'll make out here, and they'll last your entire life. Welcome to the family, and remember to come here as often as you can."


The band invited Gill to join them for the last song of the night, "Why Me," a song by Kris Kristofferson. "Welcome them home," Gill said following the performance.

When putting together your Opry member playlist, don't forget other members of the Grand Ole Opry like Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Dolly Parton.

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