Rascal Flatts Honored at Grand Ole Opry Concert
Last night, Rascal Flatts were honored at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. on the night of their 10th anniversary as a band. Rascal Flatts, who just released their eighth album 'Nothing Like This,' have been noted as the best-selling and most awarded country group in the past decade. Since the release of their first album in 2000, Rascal Flatts have sold more than 20 million albums. The trio has also racked up 25 million digital downloads and earned 12 No. 1 singles and 24 Top 10 singles on the Billboard charts.
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney kicked off the ceremony by performing some of the band's greatest hits. After the concert, the Mayor of Nashville came on stage to recognize not only the band's impact on country music, but also for their philanthropic efforts. Mayor Karl Dean presented Rascal Flatts with an official city proclamation for their devotion to the Nashville community as well as many other charitable organizations.
The group has donated considerable funds to the Jason Foundation, which educates students on ways to prevent teen suicide, and to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where the Nashville hospital's only pediatric surgery wing has just been dubbed 'The Rascal Flatts Surgery Center.' Mayor Dean's city proclamation also mentioned the band's reception of the 'Shining Star Award' by the Make a Wish Foundation and the Nashville Symphony's Harmony Award, both of which were awarded in Nashville.
On stage, Mayor Dean told Rascal Flatts, "This is such a privilege to be here tonight to thank you in person for all that you do for the community and for the children in this city." DeMarcus replied, “Thank you so much Mayor. We love calling Nashville home and thank everyone in this city who have helped us help the community and for being a part of our career.” Members of the audience showed their showed their appreciation by giving Rascal Flatts a standing ovation.