The Grand Ole Opry official Twitter account shared a video of Roberts’ introduction, which was broadcasted by the country lifestyle channel Circle All Access.
“It’s a night of incredible, meaningful music,” Robin Roberts said in the introduction. “This is the 4,993rd Saturday night performance of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.”
The iconic country show’s been running since 1925, and its 5,000th show will take place on Oct. 30, 2021. We’ve still got a few weeks before then, but the Grand Ole Opry thanked Roberts for introducing the 4,993rd show last night.
“It was an honor to have @RobinRoberts introduce the 4,993rd Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry Show tonight,” the show tweeted along with Robin Roberts’ introduction video.
She quickly quote tweeted the message and replied, “It was MY honor. Congrats on closing in on 5000!”
Last night wasn’t just any Grand Ole Opry performance, though. The show broadcasted the full two hours, where it normally only broadcasts one, because the entire performance honored the 9/11 tragedy.
Partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project, Circle All Access hosted the Circle Remembers 9/11 show all day yesterday. They featured a 3-hour live special before the show and interviewed several performers who would take the stage later that night about their 9/11 experiences.
Some of the performers who Robin Roberts ended up introducing included MercyMe, The McCrary Sisters, Charles Esten, Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Carly Pearce. All of the performers chose powerful, emotional, all-American songs to sing during the two-hour performance.
Robin Roberts Shares Heartfelt Message and Prayer on 20th Anniversary of 9/11
Saturday was no ordinary newsday for outlets and broadcasters across the country. “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts felt the gravity of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 before her broadcast. So, she decided to share her thoughts on the lives lost and changed forever by the tragic event.
Roberts posted the video of her message and prayer on her Twitter page. She said she thought it would be good to provide this message before she got on the air to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary.
“Give people the grace to change when they’ve done you wrong,” Robin Roberts begins. “Don’t judge their whole life on one season, on one mistake. You don’t have to befriend them and allow them all access, but you do need to get to the point where you’ve let go of the offense and you treat them with respect. You are not the judge and jury. Leave it at God’s hand.”
Now, Roberts moves on to her prayer.
“Father, thank you. Father, thank you. Thank you for the mercy, and forgiveness, and protection that you have shown us when we’ve done wrong. Help us to do good and to bless those that have done us wrong. We are leaving them in your hands and giving them the grace that allows for change. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”