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Ask pretty much any country star and they’ll tell you that any night you get to play the Grand Ole Opry is a good night. But imagine being invited to become an official member of that iconic fellowship. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s quite a big deal.


On Aug. 29, in a truly unforgettable Opry moment, Chris Young was asked — by none other than Vince Gill — to join the Grand Ole Opry cast. Caught off guard, Chris ran to Vince, embraced him, then lifted the Country Music Hall of Fame member off the ground as Vince comically wrapped his legs around Chris.

It was the icing on the cake of an amazing night for the Tennessee native. Prior to his performance on the legendary stage, Chris celebrated his most recent (and ninth) No. 1 single, “Sober Saturday Night,” with a presentation in front of industry VIPs backstage. As an added bonus, Chris’ record label presented him with his first platinum plaque for his album, “Neon.”

During a press conference that same night, Chris was clearly thrilled to be back on the Opry stage. He told Rare Country and other members of the press, “If anybody ever tells you they’re tired of having a song at No. 1, or they’re tired of getting to stand in that circle and play the Opry, they’re crazy and I’ll gladly take their spot.”

Chris already got the prize he most coveted, the Opry Member Award, but we’d be willing to bet he’s also love to win a Rare Country Award for Opry Moment of the Year. That’s entirely up to you! Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and goes until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

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