You can’t celebrate country music without paying tribute to Loretta Lynn or Conway Twitty. The Grand Ole Opry’s 95th-anniversary special honored both of them at once. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have both had long careers in the industry, though they aren’t quite legend status yet. The two joined forces for a duet honoring frequent duet partners Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty.
Brad Paisley Jokingly Says ‘Sorry’ to Loretta Lynn for Duet Performance
Brad Paisley co-hosted the NBC special with his frenemy Blake Shelton. Paisley kept the audience at home in stitches throughout the night with his jokes. And don’t think he spared Carrie Underwood in his barbs.
Ahead of their performance of “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” he joked that they had only rehearsed the song once. Paisley hid his nervousness about tackling the iconic song by looking upward and cracking, “Conway up in Heaven, if you’re watching help me.” He also had a message for Loretta Lynn if she was watching from home: “Sorry.”
So did Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s duet version live up to the original?
Fans React to Duet
Country music fans had a mix of reactions to Underwood and Paisley’s duet. The Grand Ole Opry’s official Twitter touted the performance. They wrote that there was “nothing like” Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley teaming up to sing a song together. They even threw in an applause emoji when they were tweeting about the performance.
One country music fan wrote that the duo made Lynn and Twitty “proud” with their take on the classic. The Grand Ole Opry social media team agreed so much that they retweeted the tweet from Twitter user @TherapyDogsRock.
We couldn't agree more! https://t.co/olMCL0e5c7— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) February 15, 2021
However, not everyone was a fan of Underwood and Paisley singing the song. Another fan, @shellybee721, didn’t think it compared to Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn’s version at all. They wrote, “Sorry, but Conway and Loretta sang it better.”
Sorry, but Conway and Loretta sang it better.#GrandOleOpry— Michelle (@shellybee721) February 15, 2021
Music Mayhem Magazine reports that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s appearance on Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music was taped back in September. Watch the duet from the earlier show and let us know your thoughts on how they did.
Carrie Underwood and more female country artists will appear on Loretta Lynn’s upcoming “Still Woman Enough” album.
Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn, Brad Paisley, Conway Twitty: Which One ISN’T An Opry Member?
The NBC special about the Grand Ole Opry featured flashbacks to Brad Paisley’s induction into the acclaimed membership. A brief clip of Loretta Lynn singing “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was also shown during the two-hour retrospective.
Surprisingly, Conway Twitty is the only one out of the four who isn’t a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He passed away unexpectedly in 1993 at the age of 59.
Loretta Lynn was inducted in 1962. Brad Paisley earned his membership in 1999.Carrie Underwood was inducted by Garth Brooks in 2008.
Are you surprised to know legendary Conway Twitty never gained membership to the Grand Ole Opry? Let us know your thoughts on Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwoods duet in the comments down below.
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You can watch Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music online for free at NBC.com.