The country star was invited to the legendary venue by Randy Travis in 2008.
Membership into the Grand Ole Opry is something very unique to the entertainment industry. An invitation to join the legendary country venue is not simply a case of sold-out concerts, platinum-selling records, or a certain count of Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards. The ingredients behind receiving an invitation to join Country Music’s most exclusive club remain a secret formula, but the powers that be knew that Carrie Underwood possessed that something special.
Almost exactly three years after she was crowned the winner of American Idol (Season 4), Underwood was invited to join country's biggest icons as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on May 10, 2008 by the one and only Randy Travis. It’s a membership that Underwood has cherished and treated quite well over the past decade, appearing on the show’s stage countless times since becoming a member – sometimes showing up by surprise.