Monday, May 12, 2008

Carrie Underwood Joins The Grand Ole Opry

Carrie Underwood fought back tears as she was inducted into Nashville's Grand Ole Opry Saturday night, declaring "I promise I'll do everything I possibly can to not make you regret it." Fellow Oklahomans Garth Brooks and Vince Gill, both Opry members, welcomed the American Idol winner into 83-year-old country music institution, which is the longest continually running radio show in the country and also counts Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley among its members.

"This is a marriage," Garth said of the lifelong Opry honor, as he handed Carrie a 14-inch bronze replica of an Opry microphone stand. "Nothing will last as long or be as important as this award right here. But being around you five minutes, I know you get it." Introduced as "America's girl next door," Carrie, 25, hugged her Opry trophy tightly as Vince sang with her on "Jesus Take the Wheel."

Carrie's mother, wiping away tears, along with her father, sister and niece, all looked on proudly from the front row. At a press conference after her induction, the multi-platinum-selling singer told reporters, "This is something very special - it's a symbol of being a part of the Opry family and it's a commitment. And I never want to do anything in my career to let anybody down."


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