Crystal Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday (January 21st) at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville by her sister and Opry legend Loretta Lynn. She made her Opry debut 50 years ago on the Ryman stage, singing the country classic “Ribbon of Darkness” at the young age of 16. Crystal was publicly invited to join the Opry by Opry member Carrie Underwood back in November.

Crystal said, “Being a member of the Opry is just incredible. It’s really hard to comprehend. I have felt like a part of the Opry for all these years. Now, I’m official.”

Loretta said, “We’ve been together a long time, honey. And we’ve never had a fight. It was the greatest moment of my life when they made me a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1962. I know she is just as happy as I was then.”

Crystal was the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales with her 1977 album We Must Believe in Magic.

Bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent will be formally inducted into the Opry on Saturday, March 11th.

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