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KEITH URBAN BENEFIT GIG LEADS TO OPRY INVITE

Keith Urban's All for the Hall concert in Nashville included a surprise: for Keith, himself.

The concert featured a bevy of stars with the goal of raising money for the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Keith also managed to get an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry from Vince Gill. He will be inducted April 21.

(TRIVIA: New Zealand-born and Australian-raised, Keith Urban will be the first artist from outside North America to become an Opry member.)

Near the end of last night's show, Vince Gill called Rascal Flatts back out on stage to bring a gift for Keith Urban. As Keith opened a large black duffel bag revealing the Opry's signature microphone stand, Vince Gill said, "We would like to invite Keith Urban to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry."

Keith Urban covered his face in surprise as he began, "I don't know what to say - but first, yes. Thank you very much to everybody at the Grand Ole Opry who made this possible. I'm shocked. How beautiful for this to happen tonight of all nights."

"I will always remember the first time I played the Opry.  Seeing this stand and standing in the circle was an extraordinarily surreal moment. So this right here is just a whole other stratosphere. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

AS FOR THE SHOW?

It was an evening stocked with acts also including Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Alabama, the Band Perry and Thompson Square, along with unannounced guests Country Music Hall of Famers Merle Haggard and Don Williams.

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04/11/2012 6:33AM
KEITH URBAN BENEFIT GIG LEADS TO OPRY INVITE
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