Rhonda Vincent performs at The Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium in 2014
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Rhonda Vincent To Officially Join Grand Ole Opry In March 2020
GRAMMY-winning bluegrass singer-songwriter Rhonda Vincent is the latest artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most celebrated institutions in country music.
Vincent received an official invitation to join the Opry family following her performance at the show last night (Feb. 28), reports Rolling Stone Country. Fellow Opry member and GRAMMY winner Jeannie Seely extended the surprise invite onstage to a shocked Vincent, who enthusiastically accepted.
"Absolutely, 100 percent! Oh my gosh! I grew up listening to the Grand Ole [Opry]," Vincent fervently said in reply to the invitation.
Early this morning, Vincent shared her excitement about the news on social media, posting on her official Twitter page, "This is a dream come true! I love the [Opry] so much and I am very humbled, thankful, and blessed."
Vincent will be formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry via an official ceremony on March 24 at the Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. She now joins country greats like Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, and Carrie Underwood, among many others, as part of the extensive Opry family.
A country legend, Vincent won her first-ever golden gramophone at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, held in 2018, when she and her band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, won for Best Bluegrass Album for their 2016 live album, All The Rage - In Concert Volume One. (The group tied with The Infamous Stringdusters' 2017 album, Laws Of Gravity, marking the first-ever draw in the category's history.)
"It's a live project and that's I think unusual to have a GRAMMY nomination on a live project," Vincent said of the GRAMMY-winning album in an interview with the Recording Academy in 2018. "This project was a DVD and a CD to capture this moment in time. When you come see Rhonda Vincent And The Rage, this DVD, this project, is exactly what you'll see and that's what people are asking. They say, 'We want a project that's exactly what we see on stage.' It's a very special honor."