Garth Brooks is among the few artists selected to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
On Wednesday, the Kennedy Center announced that Brooks would be one of the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Brooks will be honored in a ceremony that has been delayed until May due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fellow honorees will include Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, and Midori, the violinist.
“The Kennedy Center Honors serves as a moment to celebrate the remarkable artists who have spent their lives elevating the cultural history of our nation and world,” David M. Rubenstein, the Kennedy Center Chairman, announced in a statement. “[Brooks] heightened country music’s profile like no other singer before him.”
Brooks has undoubtedly made his mark on country music. The artist has received the coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year seven times, and in 2012, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Additionally, the country icon is the best-selling solo artist in music history.
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Previously delayed from December 2020, the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors is currently scheduled for May 17-21, 2021. The honors will occur at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., which will feature “small, in-person events and re-envisioned virtual tributes” and medallion ceremonies with a limited audience.
For more on Garth Brooks’ incredible career, check out the video below!