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Grand Ole Opry House Celebrates 40 Years In Country Music

Grand Ole Opry House Celebrates 40 Years In Country Music

CREATED Mar 15, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The grandest stage in Country Music celebrated its 40th birthday Saturday.

The Grand Ole Opry House first opened in 1974. It was the sixth home of the legendary broadcast, and was built specifically for the Opry.

The new location replaced its previous home, the Ryman Auditorium, otherwise known as the "Mother Church" of Country Music.

Some of the biggest names in Country Music took the stage to the celebrate the iconic occasion, including Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and "Whispering" Bill Anderson.

"It brings together people who really care about Country Music and care about this institution (the Grand Ole Opry)," said Josh Turner. "Signing together and having fun is what music is all about."

The celebration continues Sunday with self-guided backstage tours of the Opry House from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.