Garth BrooksSuperstar Garth Brooks has quite a few impressive musical honors under his cowboy-buckled belt, but this week marked one of the greatest yet: He's been elected as one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
"I am astounded and honored," said Brooks, after the announcement Tuesday morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. "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."
However, two artists that did come before Brooks were also elected as well. Connie Smith, the celebrated vocalist who began her career when Brooks was still a baby; and Hargus "Pig" Robbins, whose prolific session work with artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Bob Dylan dates back to the 1950s.
Most would argue that Brooks has plenty of accolades to recommend his membership in the Hall of Fame. He's the top-selling solo artist in the United States, having sold more than 128 million albums, and the Recording Industry Association of America has declared him the "Male Solo Artist of the 20th Century."
Brooks was honored in the modern era category, Smith in the veterans era category, and Robbins in the recording and/or touring musician category. The official inductions will take place later this year.
Congratulations to all the well-deserving artists named today! Be sure to leave your good thoughts for them, too.