Garth Brooks Honored By Songwriters Hall Of Fame In New York City
June 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM (PT)
Country great GARTH BROOKS was inducted into THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME at a gala in NEW YORK CITY last night (7/16). Rock’s LEON RUSSELL, who is based in MIDDLE TENNESSEE, NEW ORLEANS songwriter ALLEN TOUSSAINT, songwriters BILLY STEINBERG, TOM KELLY and JOHN BETTIS were also inducted.
DWIGHT YOAKUM sang “Superstar” with RUSSELL for the events and BOZ SCAGGS and TOUSSAINT performed “What Do You Want The Girl To Do.” TRISHA YEARWOOD performed a HAL DAVID medley and CHAKA KHAN sang “I’m Every Woman,” while rapper DRAKE performed his hit “Best I Ever Had.”
BILLY JOEL inducted BROOKS and performed “Shameless.”
“You talk about songwriters, there’s one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” BROOKS said about JOEL. “And he’s taken a day out of his life to do this, I feel very lucky.”
Check out more on the events and a photo gallery from THE TENNESSEAN here.