Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Evans Guest On Grand Ole Opry

Pictured (L-R): Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban, Morgan Evans. Photo: Photo courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC. Chris Hollo, photographer

The Grand Ole Opry welcomed members Keith Urban and Kelsea Ballerini as well as artist Morgan Evans Saturday night (May 16) to perform on the Grand Ole Opry’s 4,924th consecutive Saturday night broadcast for fans watching around the world.

“I want to thank the Opry family here for the keeping the lights on. Keeping the circle moving,” said Urban. “It means the world to us and to everybody out there watching and listening tonight. In addition to the frontline workers and all the healthcare workers. I want to say a big thank you to all the drivers out there. Truck drivers, van drivers, delivery people all over the world that are doing an amazing job getting everything where it needs to get to. Medical supplies and food and all the things we would normally take for granted. The fact that it is still arriving is not being done by magic. You guys are out there doing the hard work so we thank you. We thank your families too because that takes a lot of support on the homefront. So thank you to all of you.”

Urban kicked off the broadcast with “Coming Home” and offered other hits including “God Whispered Your Name,”  “Somebody Like You,” “Wasted Time,” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” as the Opry barn turned blue to honor the graduating Class of 2020.

“I was really interested to see what it was going to feel like to be in here without these pews full,” reflected Ballerini on the evening. “It’s still magic, still sounds good, feels rich and feels special. That just shows how special this place is.”

The Grand Ole Opry stage lights are turned blue in honor of the graduating class of 2020. Photo: Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

 

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