Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Friends Make Opry History

Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and many other top stars helped carve out a slice of Grand Ole Opry history Wednesday night (Feb. 27) at a special performance at the Nashville Convention Center. It marked one of the rare occasions that the Opry has staged a show outside of its permanent homes, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Ryman Auditorium.

Opry member Vince Gill served as the amiable host of the show, which also featured Brad, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Scotty McCreery, Dustin Lynch, Kacey Musgraves and Greg Bates. Little Big Town opened the night with their current hit, "Tornado," followed by "Your Side of the Bed" and their award-winning single "Pontoon."

The evening focused on music, but the show featured its share of comic, lighthearted moments as well. Josh Turner drew laughs when he welcomed guests to the "Grand Ole Convention Center." And host Vince became a bit red-faced after he mispronounced Kacey Musgraves' first name as "Karey." Kacey got him back after Vince apologized, jokingly referring to him as "Vince Neil."

One of the many musical highlights came when Vince and unannounced guest Ashley Monroe performed a duet of Ashley's "Like a Rose," which Vince produced. Brad Paisley brought the historic evening to a close with spellbinding acoustic performances of "This Is Country Music" and his current hit, "Southern Comfort Zone." Vince then joined Brad for the finale, a jamming duet on Brad's "Mud on the Tires."

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