Garth Brooks To Be Inducted Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame
March 6, 2012 at 7:52 AM (PT)
The CMA (COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION) and ARISTA NASHVILLE artist KIX BROOKS announced GARTH BROOKS, HARGUS “PIG” ROBBINS and CONNIE SMITH as the newest inductees into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME TODAY (3/7) at a press conference in NASHVILLE.
BROOKS will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category, while SMITH will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category. ROBBINS will be inducted in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980" category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the "Non-Performer" and "Songwriter" categories. BROOKS, ROBBINS and SMITH will increase membership in the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME from 115 to 118 inductees.
"There are great artists and talents, and then there are CONNIE, 'PIG,' and GARTH," said CMA Chief Executive Officer STEVE MOORE. "CONNIE has been one of the most celebrated female voices in music for more than 45 years, setting a golden standard for the thousands of female vocalists who came after her. 'PIG' overcame adversity to become one of the most sought-after session musicians in the industry, contributing his considerable talents to classic songs that have been treasured by fans all over the world since the late '50s. And, GARTH led modern Country music to unbelievable heights of commercial success and pop culture relevance after bursting onto the scene as part of the now-legendary 'Class of 1989.' These three artists are more than just performers...they are forces of nature who are deservedly entering the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME."
"I am astounded and honored to be in the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME," said BROOKS. "At the same time, I can't help but feel guilty going in when there are so many deserving artists that came before me who are yet to be inducted."
Induction ceremonies will take place at the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM later this year. Since 2007, the MUSEUM's MEDALLION CEREMONY, an annual reunion of the HALL OF FAME membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.
For more from the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.