The trio was surprised with the news Tuesday night during their performance on the Opry. Twenty-year Opry member Vince Gill made an unscheduled appearance, interrupting singer Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney mid-performance.
The band seemed genuinely surprised and expressed heartfelt emotion with tears in their eyes. The crowd gave them a standing ovation. The trio joins a recent slate of longtime stars invited to join, including Blake Shelton and The Oak Ridge Boys.
Opry membership is one the highest honors for a country musician and comes with an unwritten commitment to the history of the genre and a requirement to perform at least 10 times a year.
Fellow musicians were quick to recognize the achievement. James Otto tweeted:
Below is video shot from back stage - Vince Gill announces that Rascal Flatts will be inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 8th!