Garth Brooks has plenty of awards and prizes on his mantle, but none quite like this: This week Garth received an honor from his Nation: The Library of Congress Prize for Popular Song, also known as the Gershwin Prize.
The Gershwin Prize celebrates “the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. The styles in which these works are composed reflect myriad contemporary traditions like rock, jazz, country, pop, blues, folk, and gospel, recognized for entertaining and informing audiences, for drawing upon the acknowledged foundations of popular song, and for inspiring new generations.” Past Gershwin Prize honorees include Billy Joel, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Willie Nelson.
— Garth Brooks (@garthbrooks) March 5, 2020
Garth totally rocked the house at the invitation-only ceremony at Washington, D.C.’s Constitution Hall. Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton, Keb’ Mo’ and Lee Brice all took the stage to perform and talk about Garth, and then Garth himself then paid homage to the songwriters who’ve inspired him, doing some Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Otis Redding, and Cat Stevens. And then, of course, did a few of his own!
The ceremony was taped the night after tornadoes devastated the Nashville area. Garth told “Billboard”, “Representing Nashville is always a joy and an honor, and it takes on an even greater honor tonight because the rest of Nashville who isn’t playing are running chainsaws and opening up their homes to people who don’t have one. We are a family.”
You can see the whole ceremony later this month. PBS stations will broadcast Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at 9 pm on Sunday, March 29.