Carrie Underwood to be inducted into Opry

Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:25pm EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Country singer Carrie Underwood, who kicked off her career winning Fox Television's "American Idol" contest, will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, officials announced on Tuesday.

Underwood, 25, who won the "American Idol" contest in 2005, captured Female Vocalist of the Year honors at both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards shows.

Underwood has also won three Grammy awards.

Her induction into the Opry, often referred to as the Mecca of country music, will be on May 10.

(Reporting by Pat Harris, editing by Philip Barbara)

<p>Carrie Underwood holds her award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Before He Cheats" backstage at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 10, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>