Sunday night was a night to remember at the Grand Ole Opry House as Scotty McCreery was surprised with an invitation to become the newest member of the Opry family!
Garth Brooks had the honor of surprising Scotty McCreery with the invite disguised as a Christmas gift. In footage captured by fans in attendance, Garth is seeing walking out on stage and handing McCreery a wrapped present. Garth told the American Idol champ that he couldn’t open the gift yet because what was inside “isn’t here yet.”
“That’s right. Tonight is merely an invitation,” Garth said to Scotty. “On behalf of the Grand Ole Opry, this is a Christmas present to the Grand Ole Opry, we would love for Scotty McCreery to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
The audience immediately rose to their feet in support of McCreery who, when the applause died down, told Garth with a laugh, “would love to.”
Scotty told the audience that his lifelong dream was to join the Opry.
“When I got started doing this young, people said, ‘What’s your goals?’ I said, ‘I want to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry,'” Scotty said. “I have stepped in this circle so many times over the years. It’s always been my biggest goal in country music and wondering, maybe this is the night. It didn’t even cross my mind. I wasn’t even thinking about it. I was just coming to sing some Christmas songs.”
Scotty McCreery then treated the crowd to a rendition of Elvis Presley’s Christmas tune, “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”
Watch Scotty McCreery’s Grand Ole Opry invitation and performance that followed in the video below.