May 10, 2008 Growing up in Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood used to watch the Grand Ole Opry at her grandparents' house. Now, just three years after her career began, she's officially a member of the Opry and it's a dream come true for the country superstar.
None other than Garth Brooks inducted an emotional Carrie. "I can't imagine what you're feeling right now," Garth told Carrie onstage. "I cried like a baby the whole time," he said, referring to his own 1990 Opry induction. "But this is all about you. This is tough stuff. But being around you five minutes, I know you get it. Coming from Oklahoma, I know you're sharp as a whip, of course.
"You will be rained with awards from the CMA, ACM, Grammys and all that stuff," continued Garth. "Nothing will last as long or be more important than this award right here tonight. Congratulations."
"Everything that Garth just said is completely true," said Carrie, wiping away the tears. "This [award] is gonna hold a very special place in my awards case. I just want to thank everybody at the Opry for having me as a part of your family because it really seems like a great family to be a part of. It means a lot to me. I promise that I'll do everything I possibly can to make you not regret it and to make you guys not regret it!" she said, pointing to her fans. "Thank you. I am so blessed!"
In the audience during Carrie's induction were her mom and dad, and one of her sisters and her niece. Carrie opened the Opry broadcast with her latest single, "My Last Name." Just before she was inducted, she sang her hit, "All-American Girl." Closing the show with her debut No. 1, "Jesus Take the Wheel," Carrie was joined by another fellow Okie, Opry member Vince Gill, who sang harmony.
Opry star Randy Travis surprised Carrie on March 15 with an invitation to be the next member of the hallowed institution. "The Grand Ole Opry is so synonymous with country music," Carrie told Opry Live! host Nan Kelley just before her induction. "Country music is wonderful and there are a lot of great people who do a lot of great things for the fans. And the Grand Ole Opry is at the center of that."
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