FILE – This Oct. 7, 2012 photo shows Garth Brooks singing “Papa Loved Mama,” a song written by Kim Williams, as Williams is inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. On Sunday, Oct. 21, Brooks will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mark [auth] Humphrey, file)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Name just about any trophy, lifetime achievement award or honorific, and Garth Brooks can claim ownership.
Sunday night he’ll get the big one: Country Music Hall of Fame member.
Brooks will be inducted along with Connie Smith and Hargus “Pig” Robbins in a surprise-packed performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville.
It’s a well-deserved honor for the man who took country music from a regional sound to an international phenomenon. It’s also one the 50-year-old balked at, though he says he has become more comfortable with it.
“When they announced it, all I could think about was the guys who aren’t in there that should be before me,” Brooks said. “And as we’ve gotten closer I see that, but I just can’t help be like a little kid at Christmas. It’s going to be a great, great, great night.”