Lauren Alaina Calls Grand Ole Opry Induction ‘Best Day of My Life’

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American Idol Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina became a Grand Ole Opry member earlier this year, and she still considers it “the best day of my life.” Earlier this month, the singer performed at the venue to kick off the holiday season.


Lauren Alaina Talks About Grand Ole Opry Membership

Last December, fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood invited Alaina to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Then in February, Yearwood officially inducted Alaina. In a recent interview with Everything Nash, Alaina shares what it meant to her.

“My entire life, all I remember is being a little girl and thinking that I’ve gotta make it to the Grand Opry,” Alaina explained. “If I ever get to the Grand Ole Opry, I will have made it. So to not only get there and get to perform, but to be welcomed into the family. It’s just unbelievable.”

She also shared that it was her father’s dream to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, saying, “And as a daddy’s girl, those are some big shoes to fill.” Alaina added that she “will never, ever, ever achieve anything that means more to me than that, genuinely, ever,” calling it “the best day of my life.”


So it was fitting that Alaina recently announced her engagement to fiancé Cameron Arnold at the Opry. She introduced him on stage as her “future husband” and showed off her engagement ring.

SEE ALSO: ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ RUNNER-UP LAUREN ALAINA BECOMES GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER

Alaina Performed at the Opry for Christmas

On December 1, Alaina took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry once again as part of the Opry Country Christmas series. As the singer told Everything Nash, “The Opry’s my favorite place in the whole wide world, and Christmas is my favorite time of year.”


“My family goes to Opryland every year,” Alaina shared. “I take my nephews every year to see the lights. So the Opry has already been a tradition of Christmas for us for the last few years. And now just to perform is the icing on the cake.”

Alaina is currently working on a new album, her first with Big Loud Records after parting ways with her longtime label Mercury Records after 11 years. This will be the singer’s fourth studio album, following up her 2021 release Sitting Pretty on Top of the World.

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