Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley Co-Hosting ‘Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music’ on NBC

by Madison Miller

The Grand Ole Opry announced that they will be having an anniversary broadcast to celebrate 95 years as country music’s most influential stage.

Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton will be hosting “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music” on NBC. The show will premiere on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. ET. It will be a two-hour long special.

Both Shelton and Paisley are members of the Grand Ole Opry.

More on the Anniversary Show

According to the official Grand Ole Opry site, Paisley is celebrating 20 years as a member, while Shelton is celebrating 10 years.

The site claims “the anniversary special brings together artists from across generations who share a passion and reverence for the Opry. With country music stars not only performing their biggest hits but also covering classics from some of the Opry’s most famous members, it will be an unforgettable night of music.”

Additionally, the Opry will include tidbits from their archives. This means older interviews, performances, and appearances from country artists spanning over nine decades.

George Jones wrote a letter that celebrated when Brad Paisley was inducted back in February of 2001.

“I am counting on you to carry on the tradition and make folks sit up and listen to what good country music should sound like,” Jones said, according to The Boot.

Paisley has since had 24 No. 1 singles and several awards for his music. He also is the first artist to have 10 consecutive Billboard Country Airplay chart-topping hits in 2008. Shelton and Paisley will lead in showcasing the talent and tradition in country music, then and now.

Audiences at the Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry started allowing guests back in October. They opened their doors on Oct. 3 and allowed 500 audience members.

They started their return back with a full month of 95th-anniversary celebrations. They had been closed since March due to the pandemic.

On Oct. 3, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Terri Clark, and Lorrie Morgan were all a part of the hour-long festivities.

“It feels like having 500 fans in the audience is the next step as we work to return from this pandemic,” Dan Rogers, Opry executive producer, told The Tennessean.

Every week the Opry provides country fans live music from the heart of Nashville. It can be heard live as well as on the radio.