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Multi-Platinum selling country artist Scotty McCreery was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry tonight by Opry member Garth Brooks. McCreery was surprised onstage during his spotlight artist performance at tonight’s Opry Country Christmas show.

“Merry Christmas,” Garth said walking onto the stage handing McCreery a wrapped gift. 

“This is a Christmas present to the Grand Ole Opry,” “We would love to invite you to be the newest member of the Opry.”


“Holy cow. Yes, I would love to,”

“When I got started doing this people asked, ‘what are your goals, and I’d say ‘one day I’d like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’”


Then bent down and touched the circle of wood in the Opry’s center stage where so many of his heroes and peers have stood.

McCreery’s induction date will be announced soon.

All Opry Country Christmas shows air on WSM Radio as well as WSM and Opry digital platforms.

 Remaining Opry Country Christmas dates are Dec. 7, Dec. 10, Dec. 11, Dec. 14, Dec. 17 (matinee) and Dec. 18.

Hosted by Grammy winning Opry member Larry Gatlin, each Opry Country Christmas show will also feature Opry members The Gatlin BrothersRiders In The SkyMandy Barnett and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy.

Set to round out this year’s series as Spotlight Artists are Trace Adkins, Chris Young, Lady A, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Chris Janson.

For Opry Country Christmas tickets and more information on the full Opry schedule, visit


Scotty McCreery has been a household name for nearly half his life, ever since making history in 2011 as both the first country artist and the youngest male artist of any genre to debut his first studio album, the Platinum-certified Clear as Day, at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

The 30-year-old has sold more than 4 million albums and achieved 5 consecutive No.1 hits: the RIAA Platinum-certified “Damn Strait,” the RIAA Gold certified “You Time,” the RIAA Gold certified “In Between,” the RIAA Platinum certified “This is It,” and the RIAA Triple Platinum certified ‘Five More Minutes.”

His new single “Cab in a Solo,” which McCreery wrote with Frank Rogers and Brent Anderson, is from a forthcoming album due out in 2024.

The North Carolina native has earned one Triple Platinum, five Platinum and four Gold singles; one Platinum and two Gold albums; won the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011 at age 17; was named the ACM New Artist of the Year in 2011; won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (“The Trouble with Girls”) in 2012; and BMI Awards for writing One of the Top 50 Country Songs of the Year five times (in 2015 for “See You Tonight,” in 2018 for “Five More Minutes,” in 2019 for “This is It,” in 2021 for “In Between,” and in 2022 for “You Time”).

He was awarded Pandora Billionaire status in 2021 in recognition of his music achieving more than one billion streams on Pandora.

His song “Five More Minutes” inspired two popular holiday movies which aired on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Network: “Five More Minutes” in 2021 and “Five More Minutes: Moments Like These” in 2022.

He released his first book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream in 2016.

His most recent album is Same Truck: The Deluxe Album. On October 19, 2023, McCreery will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

The singer/songwriter married his high school sweetheart Gabi in 2018, and the couple had their first son Avery in October 2022. For more information, visit

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