Garth Brooks receives ACM honor
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
– Garth Brooks will become the first-ever artist given the Academy of Country Music Crystal Milestone Award during the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 18. Brooks will also perform a special medley of his greatest hits during the telecast. The award is given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement. This award was originally acknowledged during a presentation in Hollywood last fall celebrating the Record Industry Association of America's (RIAA) special recognition of Brooks' 123-million in unit sales. As the only solo artist in RIAA history to have 6 albums top the 10 million sales mark, Brooks has been certified the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history. His most recent release, "The Ultimate Hits," has sold 5 million units.
"The Academy wanted to more formally recognize Garth's career achievements and success," said Bob Romeo, Executive Director of the Academy of Country Music. "We felt the only way to underline his unmatched contribution to the genre of country music was to recognize him on our awards show."
"The ACM has always taken care of me and my music," said Brooks. "From Gene Weed to Bill and Fran Boyd, the ACM family has been a frontrunner in my career. I am flattered and humbled by what this award means. The fact that they have never awarded it before makes me feel the respect and the faith they have in me as an artist, and I will continue to work my butt off to make sure they are happy with their choice."
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