NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NBC is honoring country music’s most famous show with its “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music” television special, airing from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton and fellow Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley will serve as co-hosts.
The anniversary special will feature performances by several Oklahoma country music stars, including Shelton, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and Trisha Yearwood.
Also performing on the show will be Paisley, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Lady A, Little Big Town, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker and Marty Stuart.
In addition to original songs, the special features one-of-a-kind Opry member collaborations and covers including Ballerini singing “When You Say Nothing At All,” Bentley and Stuart’s duet of “Pancho & Lefty,” and Lady A’s rendition of “Forever and Ever, Amen.” All performances were recorded at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.
“Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music” also will feature archival footage, including interviews, performances, and appearances by many more of today’s Opry members and legendary artists.
The Opry has inspired and created major moments in a country music artist’s career for more than nine decades. This long-held tradition is carried on in the special, with two special moments featured. During Lady A’s performance taping for the special, Rucker, an Opry member, surprised the group with an invitation to join the hallowed institution. Brown’s performance in the special marks his official Opry debut.