NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Singer Trisha Yearwood got a special gift after she was inducted as the newest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Before a full house Saturday, Opry star Porter Wagoner introduced the Georgia-born singer as ``the best I've ever heard'' in ``any of the fields of music.''

Yearwood, 34, sang her hit ``Wrong Side of Memphis'' and then ``Sweet Dreams,'' a signature song of the late Patsy Cline.

Then, Cline's widower, Charlie Dick, and daughter Julie presented Yearwood with a glass-encased silver necklace that belonged to Cline. ``I want to tear it out of there and put it on,'' Yearwood said.

Yearwood made her Opry debut in February 1992. She now becomes the 71st cast member of the venerable country music broadcast.