Country singer Kelsea Ballerini got a musical surprise of a lifetime in the middle of a duet with Little Big Town when the vocal group changed up the lyrics to their hit “Girl Crush” to ask Ballerini mid-song if she would join the long-running country music show as a member.
The 25-year-old singer from Tennessee was invited to join Tuesday night (March 5) live during the Opry show from Nashville, Tennessee. The Grammy-nominated Ballerini, who will be the youngest current Opry member when she is formally inducted in April, broke out with her debut album For the First Time in 2015 with hit singles “Love Me Like You Mean It,” ″Peter Pan” and “Dibs.”
A shocked Ballerini told the crowd about coming to the Opry as a teenager to watch her favorite country stars perform, dreaming one day of doing it herself. After the curtain dropped, Ballerini shared hugs, tears and photos with her mother and her husband, fellow country singer Morgan Evans.