Garth Brooks To Receive Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize
Garth Brooks will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He will receive the honor at an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., in March 2020. The concert will air on PBS stations nationwide in the spring, and a broadcast date will be confirmed at a later time. The program also will be broadcast via the American Forces Network to U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world. Garth is the youngest recipient of the Gershwin Prize.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said, “Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music. During his career, Brooks has set countless records, earned numerous awards and elevated country music into a national anthem of the American people."
Garth said, “An award is only as good as the names on it. 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 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."