It's been officially 24 years since country icon Trisha Yearwood was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry as a member. At the time, GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs surprised the singer-songwriter with the prestigious honor.
"24 years ago today, I received the invitation of a lifetime from @rickyskaggs," wrote Yearwood on social media. "@opry it is an honor to be in your circle! xo❤️.”
To celebrate the anniversary, Yearwood recently turned to social media to share footage of the career-altering moment.
"We would like to ask you a question, and make you a proposition," said Skaggs in the throwback clip to Yearwood. "Well, we're just kind of thinking, all the folks at Gaylord Entertainment and the folks here at the Grand Ole Opry, and the Grand Ole Opry staff and family…would like to invite you to be our newest member of the Grand Ole Opry."
Following the question, Yearwood immediately cracked a smile and broke into tears. After wrapping her head around the dream-like proposal, she full-heartedly accepted.
"It's a yes, thank you," confirmed Yearwood.
Notable names in the industry ran to the comments to praise the hitmaker for her endless contributions to the ever-changing genre.
The video dates back to 1999, when the Opry was held at Nashville's mother church – the Ryman Auditorium. Within the same year, the songstress was inducted into the legendary institution on March, 13 by Porter Wagoner.
Wagoner plays a vital role in Yearwood's story, as he participated in her 1992 Opry debut. Yearwood's special evening came nine years after her husband Garth Brooks got initiated in 1990 by Johnny Russell.
The vocalist previously told CMT that the honor holds significant weight in her life.
"I have wanted to be a member for years, and they knew it," she explained. "I'd heard rumors that it might be happening this year. The last time I saw Porter Wagoner, he told me, 'We've got to work on getting you out here.' So, I was hoping that it was going to happen. It means a lot to me for them to say, 'We want to be one of us – we believe you regard the Opry as highly as we do."
The "She's In Love With The Boy" artist pointed out that the title also means the world to her family.
"For my family, especially my parents, this is probably bigger than any award I've received," uttered Yearwood. "My mm once saw the Opry here at the Ryman. She wrote down descriptions of the Opry stars and the show, so she could take it home and show her mom and dad. She still has that diary, and it was really neat for me to see what it had meant to her. I feel proud, and I'm really glad they're going to have that chance to see this happen for me."
Skaggs and Emmylou Harris surprised Yearwood with a Hatch Show Print on her 20th induction anniversary, the poster resembled the one she received in 1999 from Wagoner. Yearwood now serves as one of the most active members of the Grand Ole Opry. Most recently, the trailblazer asked Lauren Alaina to be a part of the star-studded establishment.