Garth Brooks to Become Youngest Recipient of Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

The 57-year-old is joining some elite company

October 3, 2019

Garth Brooks keeps piling up the prestigious honors. A week after he received the first-ever George H.W. Bush Award, it has been announced the country legend will recognized by the Library of Congress.

The 57-year-old will become the youngest-ever recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular song, joining the likes of past recipients Paul McCartney, Carole King, Willie Nelson and Tony Bennett.

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.”

Brooks is the top-selling country artist of all time on the strength of 16 studio albums that feature songs like “The Thunder Rolls,” “The Dance,” and his favorite song to play live: “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

The award is bestowed in recognition of the esteemed songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin and honors a living artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of a song.

“An award is only as good as the names on it,” Brooks said. “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 accept the Gershwin Prize in Washington, D.C. in March 2020 as part of an all-star tribute concert to air on PBS.

He was honored with the inaugural George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion last week in New York. Former presidents Jimmy CarterGeorge W. BushBarack Obama and Bill Clinton served as honorary chairs for the gala. Brooks was singled out for his charitable work, which includes his own Teammates for Kids Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.