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January 21, 2021

Blake Shelton & Brad Paisley to Co-host 'Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music' on NBC

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Country stars Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley are set to host this year's edition of country music's biggest event, The Grand Ole Opry. This comes in celebration of the academy's 95th anniversary. 

Popular country stars Blake Shelton, and Brad Paisley have been announced as hosts of "Grand Ole Opry:95 Years of Country Music," slated to air on February 14.

The Grand Ole Opry, which has been around for nearly a hundred years, has consistently honored and celebrated past, present, and future stars in the country music industry.

Brad Paisley performs during the Live In The Vineyard Goes Country event at Regusci Winery on May 14, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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The event is slated to air for two hours on NBC and will feature several country music's biggest stars who will treat fans to powerful musical performances.

Apart from the musical experience, the Opry will also open its archives spanning through ninety years. Interviews and appearances of some country stars in different stages of their career will be aired.

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After hosting the event, Paisley would later celebrate his 20th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member in that same month. This is also Shelton's 10th year as a member.

Speaking about the Opry's 95th anniversary last year, Paisley noted that anything or anyone who reaches that milestone should be celebrated.

The Opry is also ranked exceptional because of the role it has played in some of country music's greatest love stories

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The Opry initially started as a weekly music stage concert in Nashville. The first edition, held in November 1925, lasted for one hour on radio, making it the longest-running musical radio broadcast in United States history.

By 1939, it had started airing on NBC radio. Four years later, the event moved to the Ryman Auditorium, where it held its live concerts. When the Opry decides to induct a new member, existing members publicly ask the artist during a live event.

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Getting inducted is likened to becoming a Hall of Famer. In addition to its music, the Opry is also ranked exceptional because of its role in some of country music's greatest love stories.

An example is Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter, who first met at the Opry. At the time, Carter was already a star and had started performing at the event.

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However, Cash had to wait another six years before earning a spot on the Opry stage. He met with Carter backstage, where he prophesied that they would be married someday.

Though both Cash and Carter were married when he predicted their union, the pair would later tie the knot in 1968 and remained together until they died in 2003.

Home to music, history, and love, the Grand Opry is undoubtedly one of the century's greatest annual music events. And for country stars, there is nowhere they'd rather call home.

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