Patty Loveless Celebrates 25 Years as a Grand Ole Opry Member

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• June 18, 2013
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Patty Loveless and Vince Gill perform on the Grand Ole Opry.

The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored Patty Loveless on her 25th anniversary as an Opry member this past weekend with performances by Loveless, fellow Opry members Vince Gill and Loretta Lynn, and more. Loveless was inducted as an Opry member on June 11, 1988.

Pictured (L-R): Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless and Connie Smith.

Pictured (L-R): Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless and Connie Smith.

Following an hour of performances, Grand Ole Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher saluted Loveless with a commemorative print and words about her career.

“This has been an absolutely magical night at the Grand Ole Opry. I think we have heard everything that makes country music great,” Fisher said. “If I was to describe what makes country music great, I would use the name Patty Loveless,” he continued, describing Loveless as doing everything with “grace, humility, and excellence.”

Loveless said, “It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years. I know my family is listening in tonight, and I’m sure they are very, very proud of this moment for me. My dreams were their dreams as well.”

Patty Loveless celebrates her 25th year as an Opry member.

Patty Loveless celebrates her 25th year as an Opry member.

The night concluded with Loveless and Gill collaborating on their beloved 1995 release “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” The two were joined by a number of other artists who had appeared on stage earlier in the evening.

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