QUOTE(countrycrazy @ Mar 18 2008, 10:03 AM)
I looked up some of the induction dates of some of those who were inducted between 1986 and 1990 (Clint, Alan, Garth, Reba, Randy), and all of them were inducted with no more than 2 albums released and several #1s (or top 10s). Reba had 6 #1s and 2 albums out. Clint Black had released 2 albums and had 6 singles out, 4 of which were #1s, when he was inducted in Oct. 1990. Randy Travis had 1 album and 4 songs released, first single only went to #67...second went to #6, and the other two went to #1 when he was inducted in Dec. 1986. Carrie has released 2 albums and according to Wikipedia, released 9 singles (1 which never charted on the country charts, and two that never got into the Top 40, but of those two, 1 managed to make it's way to the Top 10 of the Pop charts). Her 10th single is about to be released and should be on the charts by the time she is inducted.
(All info comes from Wikipedia and the Grand Ole Opry Picture History Book)
Thanks for all the great info, Valerie. It seems to me that Brad Paisley was inducted quite early in his career, too. Also Dierks Bentley. I think Carrie will do the Opry proud. And while it is certainly a great honor for an artist to be inducted into the Opry, I don't think it can be compared to being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame - or any Hall of Fame for that matter.