Underwood Joins Grand Ole Opry
Emotional 'Idol' enters country's elite club
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 11:35 AM CDT
Carrie Underwood performs at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, March 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Josh Anderson)
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(Newser) – "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood ratcheted up her country cred last night, reports the AP, and can now call herself a Grand Ole Opry cast member. Underwood joined the longest-running radio show, fighting back tears as Garth Brooks handled her induction. "This really seems like a great family to be part of," she said. "I promise I'll do everything I possibly can to not make you regret it."

Inducted based on a number of guest appearances and her commitment to country music, Underwood joins a roster that has included Patsy Cline and Hank Williams Sr. Her first album, “Some Hearts,” sold 7 million copies and had overnight success with hits such as “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Last fall’s follow-up album included two No. 1 hits.