Originally published in the November 12, 2012 issue of Country Weekly magazine.
Emotions were high at Nashville’s Opry House as Darius Rucker prepared for his official induction into the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 16, 2012. “I don’t do really well in situations like this when the whole night is about me,” he revealed to Country Weekly prior to the ceremony. “I’m nervous, but it’s good nervous.”
The evening, which included a performance from Darius, was peppered with video greetings from his peers, including Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. But onstage, the well wishes were even more palpable. “You’ll find this place to be one of the best homes you’ll ever have,” Vince Gill said to Darius. “Thanks for wanting to be a country music singer.” A tearful Darius responded, “I was sitting in here at rehearsals today. . . and I looked up in the seats. I thought to myself, ‘Somewhere in those seats right now my mom is looking at me.’ And it just blew me away.” Darius’s mother Carolyn passed away in 1992.
A final video clip featured Keith Urban apologizing for not being there—but when the lights came up, out walked Keith to surprise and share an embrace with his friend—and newest Opry member.