Last night was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Keith Urban‘s career. It was also a night for his many fans to be proud of the artist and man he is.
Keith was honoured by Opry members, friends and fans last night at the Grand Ole Opry as he was officially welcomed into the Opry family. He brought the crowd to its feet by kicking off the night performing “Days Go By.” Later on, he performed “Without You” acoustically with his wife Nicole Kidman looking on from backstage.
Opry members Trace Adkins and Josh Turner had the honour of officially inducting Keith into the Opry with General Manager Pete Fisher. After being handed the microphone trophy, which contains part of the Ryman Auditorium stage, Keith delivered a heartwarming acceptance speech…
“It’s a long way from Caboolture to the stage here at the Grand Ole Opry. This is a responsibility that I take deep into the heart of me. I tell the Opry that why this touches me is two things. One, it says you know where my heart is. And it once and for all shows the global popularity and reach of country music. I am the first I’m sure of many non-North American born inductees because it is truly a global thing. Tom T. Hall says it’s a state of mind. I honor the history of country music but I absolutely fully dedicate myself to the future of country music as well.”
Keith, the first non-North American artist to be inducted into the Opry, finished off the night by performing his hit “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me.” He even changed up the lyrics so as to sing, “‘I’m alive and I’m free and I’m a brand new member of the Grand Ole Opry!’”
We’d like to congratulate Keith on this huge honour – he is most definitely deserving of it!
Watch as Keith is inducted into the Opry: