“I can’t think of an artist more deserving of this honor than you,” Yearwood tweeted. “[Garth Brooks] thank you for the gift of your music to a world who desperately needs it. You inspire us all to love one another, to be kinder, to be better. Congratulations on your [Kennedy Center Honors]!”
I can’t think of an artist more deserving of this honor than you. @GarthBrooks thank you for the gift of your music to a world who desperately needs it. You inspire us all to love one another, to be kinder, to be better. Congratulations on your #KCHonors I ❤️ you, more than ever! https://t.co/PfpJFDwBN0
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) January 13, 2021
Brooks already has plenty of awards, including seven CMA Entertainment of the Year trophies, but says the Kennedy Center Honors is one he will always remember.
“Just getting the call was such a thrill,” Brooks said of the invitation (via USA Today). “Whatever it is, it’s going to be cool.”
Yearwood and Brooks have been happily married for 15 years, but according to Brooks, the best days are still ahead of them.
“I’m going to put all of my money that the third 15 years is going to be the best 15 years of my life,” Brooks says, via ABC Audio. “This is the second 15 years of our life. That’s the crazy thing. We met in ‘87, ‘88 … got married in 2005. So, we went through the first phase as friends. .. and [then] the first 15 years as husband and wife.”
Other Kennedy Center Honors recipients this year in addition to Brooks include Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, violinist Midori, and Dick Van Dyke. Due to COVID-19, the ceremony will be different than in previous years.
“We’re clearly not going to have 2,000 people in an enclosed space for three hours,” Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said. “But I think we’ve come up with some really great ideas.”
Other country artists who have received the Kennedy Center Honors include Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and others. The Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS on June 6.