On This Day: Carrie Underwood Is Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008

by Jim Casey

Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on May 10, 2008, just three years into her country music career.

Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood burst onto the country music landscape as the Season 4 winner of American Idol in 2005. After releasing her massively successful debut album, Some Hearts, in 2005, and sophomore album, Carnival Ride, in 2007, Carrie got the surprise of a lifetime in 2008.

Opry Invitation

On March 15, 2008, Opry member Randy Travis surprised Carrie by joining her onstage during her Opry set.

“I was asked by the management here at the Grand Ole Opry to ask you if you would like to be their next member,” said Randy Travis to a rousing ovation.

“Let me think about it,” said Carrie. “Yeah!”

“Let me say this, that May 10th—so I hope your calendar’s clear then—May 10th will be the official date of the induction as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry,” added Randy.

Carrie Underwood’s Opry Induction

Less than two months later on May 10, fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks officially inducted Carrie into the Grand Ole Opry. Of course, Garth joined the Opry as a member in 1990.

“You will be rained with awards from the CMA, ACM, Grammys, and all that stuff,” said Garth. “Nothing will last as long or be more important than this award right here tonight. Congratulations.”

“This is gonna hold a very special place in my awards case,” replied Carrie. “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.”

Furthermore, during her induction showcase, Carrie performed “Last Name,” “All-American Girl,” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel” with Vince Gill.

Paying It Forward

Over the years, Carrie has taken part in a handful of Opry celebrations herself, most notably officially welcoming Kelsea Ballerini to the Opry in 2019.

“I think being a member of the Grand Ole Opry is just one of the most special things for anybody who ever wanted to be a country music singer,” said Carrie to Country Weekly magazine in 2014.

Moreover, the country music star knows the status of becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

“It’s one of the proudest moments and most wonderful things to be a part of. It’s just such a cool thing. There’s no other genre of music that has something like that—you can be a member of this club. It’s just such a special, elite family. It’s definitely one of my highest honors.”