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WATCH: Garth Brooks Inducts Chris Janson Into Grand Ole Opry

By: Robyn Collins

March 21, 2018

Country icon and Grand Ole Opry member Garth Brooks inducted Chris Janson into the country music institution last night (Mar. 20) at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

In a brief speech, Brooks talked about driving in and seeing billboards in Nashville from the Opry to their newest member, which read, “Welcome to the family.” He agreed that it was a real family, adding, “Another great name for this place is ‘church.’”

Choked up, Brooks continued, “This will be, no matter how many times you look back on it, the greatest night in your music career. It is in mine.”

Then, Brooks handed the trophy to Janson and said he was passing down the words Johnny Russell said to him: “Enjoy it, son.”

Janson asked his wife to join him onstage and started his acceptance speech with tears, saying, “How do you not cry doing this? I don’t know.”

He thanked Jesus and added, “I said it the first time I was here.”

Janson told a story about playing at Tootsie’s, a legendary Nashville honkytonk, 13 years ago and watching country stars like Marty Stewart go into the Ryman. Then the “Fix A Drink” singer told the crowd, “I got two dreams that came true. One was gettin’ on the radio and one was gettin’ in the Opry.”

After leaving the hallowed wooden circle in the middle of the stage, Janson walked over to his family and introduced them. “To know me is to know that family comes first, and my Lord,” he said. “And my job is icing on the cake.”

The singer’s excitement grew as he said, “Thanks for buying a ticket to the Opry to see it happen.” He promised to buy tickets for people to come back to the Ryman, “the mother church of country music.”

Watch Garth Brooks and Chris Janson below: