Since it was established in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry has become a pivotal thread weaved within the country music community. Since it first hit the airwaves as the WSM Barn Dance, the radio program has evolved into one of the most recognizable entities within the genre.

Many country music hopefuls speak of their dreams to one day become an official member of the Opry, but it takes much more than just success on the radio charts to earn a spot within its ranks. Over 200 artists have been inducted over the decades after passing an intensive selection process, which often includes an endorsement from current members.

Becoming a part of the Grand Ole Opry also means agreeing to a long list of rules and regulations that must be followed to maintain their membership. Although those guidelines sometimes shift and change, many artists have been vocal about their intent to respect the responsibilities and traditions that come with being an Opry member.

As we wait to see who will be the first artist to earn an invitation into this prestigious club, take a look at the country stars who were officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2022:

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