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Library of Congress honors Brooks

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – Garth Brooks will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

"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."

The Gershwin Prize recognizes a living musical artist's lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding. Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriters Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett and Emilio and Gloria Estefan were past winners.

"An award is only as good as the names on it," said Brooks. "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 receive the prize at an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C. in March 2020. Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will air on PBS stations nationwide later that spring.


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