An emotional Keith Urban joins 'Opry'

3:15 PM, Apr 22, 2012   |    comments
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By Cindy Watts The Tennessean

Keith Urban is the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

"I want to share this with all of you," an emotional Urban told the Opry crowd. "It's a long way from (Australia) to this stage, and to stand in this circle is the most phenomenal thing. I tell the Opry this touches me because it says you know where my heart is, but it shows the global popularity of this music."

Urban was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night by Opry General Manager Pete Fisher and Opry members Trace Adkins and Josh Turner.

"It's an honor for me to be here," Adkins said. "I'm the man that gets to say, 'Keith Urban, you are now a member of the Grand Ole Opry.' "

Portions of the show and Urban's induction were aired live on Great American Country. Over the course of the evening, the broadcast included congratulatory messages for Urban from friends and fellow artists, including Marty Stuart, John Mayer and Brad Paisley.

"I hope you get the sense of what everyone has known for a while, that you are as good as the heroes you look up to, and you are rightfully taking your place with them," Mayer said.

Urban was invited to become the Opry's newest member earlier this month during his third annual We're All for the Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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