Garth Brooks To Receive Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Garth Brooks has been announced as the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian…


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October 2, 2019


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Garth Brooks has been announced as the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden made the announcement Wednesday (Oct. 2), revealing that the country superstar is the youngest recipient of the prestigious honor.

“Garth Brooks’ appeal as a performer, songwriter and humanitarian has brought many new fans into the world of country music,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “During his career, Brooks has set countless records, earned numerous awards and elevated country music into a national anthem of the American people.”

Named in honor of the songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin, the Gershwin Prize “recognizes a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding.” Past recipients include Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett (just to name a few).

“An award is only as good as the names on it,” said Brooks. “First off, for any musician, the name Gershwin says it all. Add to Ira’s and George’s names the names of the past recipients, and you have an award of the highest honor. I am truly humbled.”

Brooks will receive the award in March 2020 at an all-star tribute concert held in Washington, D.C. The concert will air on PBS stations around the country and will also be broadcast via the American Forces Network to U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

The news comes just days after Brooks received the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion at the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala in New York City.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.