Garth Brooks in April, 2010; PC: Wikimedia
In what the legendary country star called “the biggest night” of his life, singer Garth Brooks was inducted this past Sunday, October 21st, into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Brooks – whose no stranger to monumental awards, such as his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year in June – was honored on a night when many of his cited influeces such as Bob Seger, George Strait and James Taylor, all attended the big ceremony in honor of the 50-year old country star.
For those of you out there unaware of Brooks’ monumental career, he is currently the best-selling solo country music artist in U.S. popular music history with two Grammy Awards under his belt along with over 128 million in album sales – all this within the span of only three decades.
In order for one to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame – whose facilities and museum are located in Nashville, Tennessee – you must be voted for by a panel of members that includes many veteran country artists such as Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and The Everly Brothers
Long time country staple Connie Smith – who is consistently mentioned by younger female country artists as the type of singer they would like to be – was also inducted on Sunday.
"I'm excited and nervous and proud and thankful and blessed," Smith said during her induction. "I believe it was God's destiny for me to be a girl singer in country music. I'm proud to be part of the country music legacy."
Other notable artists inducted include Hargus "Pig" Robbins, 74, who was blind since childhood but eventually made his way into the business and even played with several big-name players such as George Jones, Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.