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Shows Include Performances by Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride,
Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Jerrod Niemann, and More
 Crowds Get a Surprise Introduction to American Idol
Winner Scotty McCreery and Runner-Up Lauren Alaina   
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 8, 2011) – Country music’s most famous show was jamming last night during one of country music’s most exciting weeks-- CMA Music Festival-- as the Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® hosted two sold-out, star-studded shows with performances by Carrie UnderwoodLady AntebellumMartina McBrideDarius RuckerOak Ridge BoysJimmy DickensBill Anderson, and Jerrod Niemann.  Earlier in the evening, fans were invited to party with Niemann during a free Opry Plaza Party presented by Humana.
During the first of two shows, Opry member Underwood introduced the newest American Idol winnerScotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina on stage. The winners made a special surprise Opry trip to visit Underwood before they make their Opry performance debuts this Fri., June 10, exactly six years since Underwood’s debut. Earlier in her set, Underwood performed the Mel McDaniel hit “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.” McDaniel, who passed away earlier this year, was from Checotah, Oklahoma, also Underwood’s hometown.
Backstage during the evening, Nan Kelley, host of GAC’s “Top 20” was on hand to talk to the artists about the Opry and CMA Music Festival.  Fans can catch the show this Friday, June 10, 8p.m. EST.
About the Grand Ole OpryThe Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating 85 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels.  For more information, visit


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