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Carrie Underwood joins Grand Ole Opry

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

American Idol winner hits country gold

Carrie Underwood received one of the greatest honors in country music Saturday: an induction into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.

The former "American Idol" winner already secured her place in the upper escelon of country music with her albums "Some Hearts" and "Carnival Ride." "This really seems like a great family to be part of," Underwood said, fighting back tears at the ceremony. "I promise I'll do everything I possibly can to not make you regret it."Underwood sang a duet with Vince Gill and was formally inducted by Garth Brooks."Nothing will last as long or be as important as this award right here," Brooks told her.The Opry is the longest continuously running radio show in the country. Established in 1925, cast members have included country legends such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Alan Jackson and Martina McBride. The show airs every Friday and Saturday night on WSM-AM.

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