On Tuesday night (June 11), Luke Combs was asked the question that almost every country artist dreams of hearing, “How would you like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?”
A shocked Combs broke down crying in response. In fact, he was so overwhelmed with emotion that he never actually uttered the word “yes” to accept the invitation.
But his response made it clear that his answer was a full-blown “yes.”
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) June 12, 2019
After taking some time to soak in what just happened, Combs finally broke his silence about the emotional moment in a series of posts on social media.
On Instagram, his first comments were accompanied by a series of photos, including one of him backstage at the Opry with his fiancée Nicole. In his post, Combs thanked Nicole and all of the other people in his life who have always supported him, thus making his Opry invitation possible.
He also wrote about how meaningful being asked to be an Opry member is:
“No way to express in words what yesterday meant to me. Being invited to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry is the highest honor in country music and something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
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No way to express in words what yesterday meant to me. Being invited to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry is the highest honor in country music and something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to the @opry for believing in me and welcoming me, my band, and my team with open arms since day one. Thank you to my team for everything they do everyday to make things like this possible, and for helping surprise me with my parents showing up. Thank you to Craig, Chris, and John for being there and sharing that moment with me and last but certainly not least my amazing Fiancé @nicohocking for loving me and always standing by my side, it is truly amazing to get to experience these things with you. God bless the Opry and God bless country music. #211
“This is the absolute feather in my cap for me as far as career goals,” he wrote. “It is the absolute No. 1 thing for me. It cannot be surpassed.”
In his post, Combs also acknowledged how he never said “yes” to accept the invitation, so he wanted to do so now. “There’s nothing to say but yes, and I didn’t even say yes,” he wrote. “I just cried the whole time. Let me go on the record and say, ‘Yes.‘”
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This is the absolute feather in my cap for me as far as career goals. 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. When I saw Craig Morgan, Chris Janson and John Conlee walk out, I thought, “This is how they invite people to become a member, but I don’t deserve that yet.” I believed them when they said they were coming out to sing with me. You just never think this is going to happen. When they asked, I literally couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even know what to say. There’s nothing to say but yes, and I didn’t even say yes. I just cried the whole time. Let me go on the record and say, “Yes.” I don't know what else to say to the Grand Ole @opry except "thank you." I’m so humbled by this opportunity. #Opry
Based on his reaction, it’s clear that Combs treasures his Opry invite. You can watch the emotional moment he was asked to join by tuning in to the video below.
A huge congratulations to Combs! After all his hard work over the years, he totally deserves this!