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18 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Joins the Grand Ole Opry

Trisha Yearwood Grand Ole Opry
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Eighteen years ago today (March 13, 1999) was a big day for Trisha Yearwood: It was on that date that the Georgia native joined the Grand Ole Opry, fulfilling one of her childhood dreams in the process.

Yearwood was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Ricky Skaggs, on Jan. 16, while the Opry was being held at the Ryman Auditorium.

“This has the feeling of winning Female Vocalist of the Year, something I wanted my whole life,” Yearwood told MTV of the honor at the time. “For my family, especially my parents, this is probably bigger than any award I’ve received.

“My mom once saw the Opry here at the Ryman. She wrote down descriptions of the Opry stars and the show, so she could take it home and show her mom and dad. She still has that diary, and it was really neat for me to see what it had meant to her,” she continued. “I feel proud, and I’m really glad they’re going to have that chance to see this happen for me.”

Yearwood, who is married to Garth Brooks and resides in Oklahoma when not on the road, says that the Opry is still her favorite place to perform: “At the Opry, you can see every face, and it’s wonderful, because you can make real connections with people,” she notes.

See Trisha Yearwood’s Yearbook Photo

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