Just 2 years after winning the reality tv competition, Underwood was inducted to the Opry by fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks.
“I can’t imagine what you’re feeling right now.I cried like a baby the whole time. 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 reigned with awards from the CMA, ACM, Grammys and all that stuff. [But] nothing will last as long or be more important than this award right here tonight. Congratulations,” said Brooks.
An emotional Underwood thanked Brooks and promised the Opry family that she would make them proud, “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!”
Of course, Underwood has gone on to win all of the awards Brooks predicted and sold slews of albums in the process. She also has garnered 23 No. 1 singles.