David Duprey, Associated Press
Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels received a gift-wrapped surprise at his annual Christmas for Kids benefit: an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.

Opry member Martina McBride presented it Monday night during the show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

"I cannot even begin to tell you folks ... this is very emotional for me," Daniels, 71, told the audience. "I never ever in my wildest dreams, when I came to Nashville with my precious wife and son, dreamed that this would happen."