Lainey Wilson received a special invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry from Reba McEntire, live on The Voice Finale!

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The country star was bestowed with the honor following her performance on the show on May 21st.

Lainey Wilson is poised to officially join the Grand Ole Opry! During her performance on The Voice finale on Tuesday, May 21st, the 32-year-old country singer received a surprise invitation from Reba McEntire to be inducted as a member of the esteemed institution honoring country stars.

Reba McEntire, the 69-year-old Voice coach, expressed her pride in Wilson’s performance and her influence on Wilson’s career. She commended Wilson’s achievements, including her recent appearance at the ACMs, and expressed her joy in bridging the gap between generations. McEntire then extended the invitation to Wilson to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Wilson appeared visibly emotional as fellow Opry member McEntire, 69, presented her with a custom-made belt buckle inscribed with the words, “Opry Lainey 2024,” amidst a standing ovation from both judges and audience.

“Holy moly!” exclaimed Wilson in reaction as she embraced McEntire. Following her birthday celebration on May 19, she added, “That’s a birthday gift right there!”

Reflecting on her childhood, Wilson shared, “My family’s over here tonight and I will say they took me to Nashville when I was 9 years old and we went to the Grand Ole Opry and we saw Bill Anderson, Crystal Gayle, and Little Jimmy Dickens. I knew that I wanted to play there, I wanted to do it.”

“And it is so crazy that you are asking me to be a member because I look up to you so much,” she added to McEntire. “I’m not talking about just musically, but the way that you carry yourself and your work ethic. You inspire me every day.”

Wilson has had a remarkable month, capped off by winning the Academy of Country Music Awards’ entertainer of the year on May 17th.

She emerged victorious over esteemed nominees including Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Chris Stapleton, and Morgan Wallen. Additionally, Wilson graced the stage with a performance during the ceremony.