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Vince Gill celebrated a career milestone, his 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, at a special show at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Saturday night (Aug. 13). Vince was inducted into the Opry on Aug. 10, 1991.
Helping Vince mark the anniversary were Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, Vince's close friend Little Jimmy Dickens, Jean Shepard, John Anderson, The Whites and the swing band The Time Jumpers.
Vince opened the show with a tribute to the late Grand Ole Opry star Billy Grammer, who had passed away earlier in the week . Vince performed Billy’s 1959 debut hit, “Gotta Travel On,” and told the sold-out audience, “It’s an honor to do that for the great Billy Grammer.”
Martina in turn paid tribute to Vince with her rendition of "Take Your Memory With You," one of Vince's early hits. “We all love Vince Gill,” Martina said. “Country music would not be the same without him.”
An additional highlight came when Vince and Emmylou teamed up on her hit “Two More Bottles of Wine.”
The last half-hour of the show was devoted entirely to Vince. A video tribute featured clips from some of Vince’s past Opry performances and other top career moments. The show turned into a true family affair as Vince's daughter Jenny took the stage to perform “If You Ever Have Forever in Mind” as the proud dad looked on.
Vince’s wife, Amy Grant, joined Vince for a duet on “True Love.”
An emotional Vince addressed the Opry crowd and paid his respects to the Grand Ole Opry. “What makes this place so special is that the years don’t matter here,” he said, referring to the fact that the Opry welcomes legendary performers as well as the young, up-and-coming talents.
For more on Vince’s big night, pick up the Sept. 12 issue of Country Weekly, on sale Sept. 5.