Garth Brooks will be joining an esteemed class of songwriters as the Country singer will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Brooks, 57, is the youngest giftee of this prestigious honor, and the second honoree from the world of Country music. Willie Nelson was the only other recipient from the genre in 2015.
“Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music,” said librarian of congress Carla Hayden. “During his career, Brooks has set countless records, earned numerous awards and elevated country music into a national anthem of the American people.” “An award is only as good as the names on it,” Brooks said in a statement following the notification. “First off, for any musician, the name Gershwin says it all. Add to Ira’s and George’s names the names of the past recipients, and you have an award of the highest honor. I am truly humbled.”
The Oklahoma native will accept his prize in Washington, D.C., in March 2020 as part of an all-star tribute concert to air on PBS.