Nashville Artists, Industry Members Get Dramatic For Opry

grand_ole_opry_logo_20051While Hollywood prepares to celebrate Sunday’s 2014 Academy Awards, the Grand Ole Opry prepares to celebrate the talents of Country’s fans, artists and on-air radio personalities. The Opry’s Lights, Camera, Actin’ contest asks contestants to submit a video of themselves performing a dramatic interpretation of a Country song. One contestant will win a trip to Nashville and receive the Opry’s first Lights, Camera, Actin’ award backstage at the Opry later this year.

Entries will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. The Opry will announce finalists in three categories – fan, artist and radio personality – on Sunday, March 2 via Opry social media and

Thus far, celebrity contestants include Janelle Arthur, Nashville’s Eric Close, Love and Theft, Bobby Bones, WSM AM’s Charlie Mattos,  Larry Gatlin, among others. Voting for each finalist will open Sunday, March 2 and continue through March 12. Entries can be made at

View some entries below:

Jeannie Seely’s reading of “Fancy”

Love and Theft’s reading of “Girls Love To Shake It”

WSM AM’s Charlie Mattos’ reading of Taylor Swift’s “Mean”

Nashville‘s Eric Close’s reading of Taylor Swift’s “22”


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