Garth Brooks To Receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards
Brooks is “flattered” and “humbled” by the honor.
Garth Brooks; Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks will soon add another accolade to his already impressive resume when he is presented with the Icon Award at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.
The news was revealed Wednesday morning (Feb. 26) on NBC’s TODAY Show where Brooks appeared in a pre-taped clip reacting to the news and announcing his performance on the show.
“I’m gonna be lucky enough to perform and pick up a little thing called the Icon Award,” the superstar shared in the clip. “I’m flattered. I’m humbled. This is gonna be fun.”
Garth Brooks, a 19-time Billboard Music Award winner, is one of only nine artists to ever receive the prestigious award, following Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.
The “Dive Bar” singer remains the best-selling artist in U.S. history, with over 156 million albums sold. He is the only artist in history to have eight albums certified diamond, each one selling more than 10 million copies.
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards will air live from Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 29, at 8 pm ET/PT. Kelly Clarkson will return to host the show.
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