The surprise news was presented to Watson during a performance at the Opry, which he first played in the mid-1960s.
'Searching (For Someone Like You)' went on to be one of Kitty's longest-running hits, in a career that was full of them.
On 28 November 1964, Willie made a new career breakthrough with the accolade of a debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
The coal miner's daughter was 25 years old when she made her first appearance on the celebrated show and brodcast.
A tribute to the famed Nashville institution that's as old as what we call country music itself.
50 facts and figures about the life and times of one of country music's greatest ever names, Patsy Cline.
Running from 3 September to 31 October, it will feature two dozen of the country superstar's wardrobe items, worn on the Opry and at the Ryman Auditorium.
The great country institution finally lost patience with the wayward star after his no-show of 9 August 1952.
The Nashville star helped changed the fortunes of an impoverished songwriter.
The country superstar has also launched a contest inviting fans to win the chance to perform the rap from 'The Champion' on the tour.
As Patsy Cline’s most successful musical disciple and dear friend, no person was better suited to record a tribute to the country legend than Loretta Lynn.
Kacey Musgraves, Jack White, Keith Urban and more will play Loretta Lynn: An All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert in Nashville.
The vastly experienced guitarist, who played on classic country hits such as 'Stand By Your Man' and 'The Gambler,' tells his own story.
The artists in the year-long initiative are Travis Denning, Riley Green, Tenille Townes and Tegan Marie.
The clip contains images from dozens of his live performances, many at overseas bases that he has visited on his 11 USO Tours.