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PHOTOS: Kellie Pickler enjoys her Opry homecoming

PHOTOS: Kellie Pickler enjoys her Opry homecoming

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Kellie Pickler says she always appreciates getting the chance to appear on the Grand Ole Opry.  The country star played the Opry Tuesday night, making her return following her run on "Dancing With the Stars."  Kellie says the show meant a lot to her. 

Pickler's "Dancing" partner Derek Hough joined her for her Opry homecoming, which included a backstage party in her honor.  Kellie says she's always held the Opry in high esteem.  She recalls that her grandfather took her to her first Opry show just a few years before she made her Opry debut. 

Pickler says she soaked up every moment she had on the stage.  She explains that she wanted to make the experience very special, just in case it turned out to be her only Opry appearance. 

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