The Grand Ole Opry celebrated Trisha Yearwood’s 20th Opry anniversary last night with great music and a few surprises.

Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris surprised both the audience and Yearwood by taking the stage to introduce her good friend. “From the moment we first heard that stunning voice and saw that beautiful smile, we fell in love with Trisha Yearwood,” Harris began. “She would of course become and remain one of the shining stars on the Opry stage or any stage.”

Taking the stage, Yearwood shared with the audience that she was wearing a necklace which had once belonged to another hero, Patsy Cline, and had been given to her by Cline’s family on the night of her Opry induction. She went on to sing “Sweet Dreams”, a song she’d sung on her induction night that had been a hit for both Cline and Harris.


Her husband Garth Brooks also tweeted, “I’m lucky that she’s in love with the boy. @TrishaYearwood the @opry is lucky to have you… and so am I!! love, me”

‏Even her friend Terri Clark tweeted, “I got friends in high places“. Huge congrats on your 20th year as an @Opry member @trishayearwood … Mr Yearwood did a nice job too 😉 @garthbrooks #trishayearwood #garthbrooks #opry

Trisha was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry on March 12, 1999.

-Nancy Brooks