Photo by Dipti Vaidya, The Tennessean
By Cindy Watts
Keith Urban is the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
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.
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.