Garth Brooks to Receive Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Garth Brooks is set to receive a major honor from the Library of Congress. The country star has been announced as the 2020 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Per a press release, the 57-year-old Brooks is the youngest Gershwin Prize recipient ever. The honor -- named for the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin -- is awarded yearly to a living musical artist, in recognition of their "lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding."
“Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music,” says 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.”
The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was established in 2007. Its previous recipients include Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Carole King and more; Willie Nelson received the award in 2015.
“An award is only as good as the names on it,” Brooks reflects. “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.”
Brooks will be honored with the 2020 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in March, during an all-star tribute concert in Washington, DC. That event will air on PBS on a to-be-determined date.
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