“Holy cow! Are you serious?” he asked as they walked off the stage. “OK. ‘Cause if you’re not serious, that’d be really mean.” Combs then fought back tears to finish his set.
“Since making his Opry debut a little less than three years ago, Luke has become a favorite of fans and fellow artists here at the Opry while simultaneously becoming a chart-topping bona fide country music superstar,” said Opry general manager Sally Williams in a statement. “We’ve loved every minute of his Opry visits and are thrilled to invite him to become an official part of the Opry family. Luke’s heart is filled with love and genuine appreciation for the Opry, and we are excited this will be his musical home throughout what will no doubt be a long and rewarding career full of great music.”
Combs' invitation follows Kelsea Ballerini's induction into the Grand Ole Opry earlier this year.