Trace Adkins invites Dustin Lynch to be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry

© 2018 Grand Ole Opry | Photos by Chris Hollo and Rachael BlackDustin Lynch will soon become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

On Tuesday, Trace Adkins officially issued the invitation to the Tullahoma, Tennessee native, on the night he celebrated his own 15th anniversary of Opry membership.

“Being a member of the Grand Ole Opry is at the top of my list of achievements in my career and always will be,” Trace said. “We want people to be members of the Grand Ole Opry that will have a respect for this institution that it deserves, that it has earned for 92 years now. We think that Dustin Lynch is going to carry on in that proud tradition.”

Dustin immediately threw open his arms to hug Trace as he accepted the coveted honor, in a moment the Opry shared in an Instagram post.

“Thank you!" Dustin replied. "I wish you weren’t so big. I wanted to pick you up, and I couldn’t!”

Dustin finished his set by singing his latest single, "Good Girl," “with a frog in my throat and tears in my eyes.”

The "Small Town Boy" hitmaker will officially join the country music institution during an induction ceremony at his next Opry appearance on September 18.

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