Grammy Winning star Crystal Gayle invited to be newest Grand Ole Opry Member

Proving that veteran stars are still eligible to gain membership in the Grand Ole Opry, Crystal Gayle was invited last night to join the country music institution's ranks.

After performing Tuesday’s Grand Ole Opry performance, Crystal Gayle — the star of such hits as “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” and other favorites — was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry by none other than Carrie Underwood, a singer who surprised the guests at the sold-out Opry at the Ryman crowd by singing the hit above with Crystal Gayle.

Moments after finishing the duet, Underwood turned to Gayle and said: “You are an inspiration to so many of us. You are important to country music, and you are important to the Opry, which is why I was asked tonight to ask you if you would like to join our Opry family officially.”

Accepting her friend’s invitation with a hug, Gayle said, “I have always felt like I was a member of the family and this is just so special.”

“For more than half of the Opry’s 91 years, Crystal Gayle has been lending her signature vocals to Opry shows and connecting with Opry audiences as well as with everyone backstage,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “She is family, and we are very excited that she’ll become an official Opry member early next year.”

Crystal Gayle is set to be formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 21, 2017 by her sister, country and Opry legend Loretta Lynn. Crystal first made an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage singing the classic “Ribbon of Darkness” at the tender age of 16 years old. Crystal Gayle has won multiple awards and was the first female artist to score a Platinum album (We Must Believe In Magic) while also scoring 20 #1 hits throughout her career.