Kelsea Ballerini to become Opry's newest, youngest member

Posted at 8:47 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 09:47:18-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Kelsea Ballerini got a big surprise when vocal group Little Big Town invited her to become the Grand Ole Opry's newest and youngest current member.

The 25-year-old singer from Tennessee was singing "Girl Crush" with Little Big Town on stage Tuesday night in Nashville, Tennessee, when the vocal group changed the lyrics mid-song to ask her "you wanna join the Opry?"

The Grammy-nominated Ballerini, who will be the youngest current Opry member when she is formally inducted in April, broke out with her debut album "For the First Time" in 2015 with hit singles "Love Me Like You Mean It," "Peter Pan" and "Dibs."

A shocked Ballerini told the crowd about coming to the Opry as a teenager and dreaming of being on that stage.