Country music hit-maker Luke Combs was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last Tuesday by Opry members Joe Diffie and Vince Gill in front of a sold-out Opry crowd. Combs grew up on Diffie’s hits like “Pick Up Man” and “John Deere Green,” and the first concert he ever attended was Gill’s. After Combs performed his No. 1 smashes “When It Rains It Pours” and “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Diffie and Gill joined him on stage, also flanked by Opry members The Gatlin Brothers, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Craig Morgan, and Mark Wills. Get more details about this Luke Combs Grand Ole Opry moment below!
“This is what dreams are made of right here,” Gill began. Looking to Combs, he added, “If you’ll come here and you’ll invest in the people and this stage, you’ll get back a hundred-fold what you ever give to this place.”
Presenting Combs with his Opry Member Award, Diffie added, “I remember being asked to be a member of the Opry, and it was like a dream. And it still feels like a dream, even to this day. On behalf of myself and all the Opry members past, present, and future, Luke Combs, you are now officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry!”
Award in hand, Combs said, “Here I am on stage with people I grew up listening to and people who have shaped me as an artist. I just want to say thank you to you guys, thank you to the Grand Ole Opry, and thank you to the fans—without you all there is no country music, there is no Grand Ole Opry. Thank you so much for everything you guys do for making this possible for guys like us on this stage. I will never forget tonight!”
The hit-maker then rounded out his Opry induction set with his first song as an Opry member, “This One’s For You.”
Luke Combs Grand Ole Opry Induction
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As far as career achievements go, I mean to me, this (being inducted into the Grand Ole @Opry) is the No. 1 thing. When I moved here (Nashville), all I knew is that if I could pay my rent and have enough food to eat doing music, then that to me was my definition of “I’ve made it.” I’m the proof that you can do anything that you set your mind to. It’s the relationships with people and the way you foster them that lead to things like this happening. And if I didn’t have a great team, and I didn’t have a great family, and I didn’t have great friends and a great fiancé then I wouldn’t be standing up here today; so I think that would be my biggest takeaway is that you can do anything as long as you have the right people there to help you achieve your goals. This is just… an institution and to me, it’s beyond country music; it is country music. Definitely will and always forever be the No. 1 career achievement for me over winning this or winning that or going to this or selling out that. This is the thing that nobody can ever take away from me, which I think is what I’m so proud of. Video: @zackmassey
In June, the North Carolina native was invited to become an official part of the Grand Ole Opry family by Opry members Chris Janson, Craig Morgan, and John Conlee after performing three songs at the Opry.
“What a career this guy is having. It is incredible. You all know that. We all know that. The Grand Ole Opry wants you to know that we just love you,” Conlee said while onstage with Combs.
“How would you like to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry?,” Janson and Morgan asked the surprised country star in unison.
Luke Combs Grand Ole Opry Invitation
“Holy cow! Are you serious? Okay, because if you’re not serious, that would be really mean,” the shocked star responded to the big news.
“This is the absolute feather in my cap for me as far as career goals,” Combs shared after leaving the stage. “It is the absolute No. 1 thing for me. It cannot be surpassed. It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I made my debut. It’s such a storied thing. I was like, ‘I will do whatever it takes to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’ I just can’t believe it. It doesn’t feel real.”