Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
Not exactly true. Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, and others are regular members of the Opry, and see it as an honor to play there.
And, to a considerable extent, being invited to join the Opry is a sign of "arriving" to newer artists. It's a way of saying, "How do you like me now, now that I'm on my way?" to the world.