Trisha Yearwood Gushes Over Garth Brooks’ Kennedy Center Honor: ‘Thank You For the Gift Of Your Music’

Garth Brooks has been announced as one of the honorees for the upcoming 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors celebration and…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 14, 2021


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Garth Brooks has been announced as one of the honorees for the upcoming 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors celebration and his wife, fellow country superstar Trisha Yearwood, couldn’t be more proud. 

Yearwood took to Twitter to celebrate Brooks’ achievement on Wednesday (Jan. 13), sharing a sweet message honoring her husband of 15 years. 

“I can’t think of an artist more deserving of this honor than you,” she wrote. “@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 [love] you, more than ever!”

Brooks will be honored at the event in the late Spring alongside multi-disciplinary artist, choreographer, and actress Debbie Allen; singer-songwriter and activist Joan Baez; violinist Midori; and actor Dick Van Dyke.

“Like any award, the names that are already on it makes the award that award. And to think of the names that have been presented this in the past—and the names that will be there that night—is extremely humbling,” said Brooks. “President John F. Kennedy was a childhood hero of mine, and he has continued to be through every stage of my life. He knew that a nation is defined by its culture and a culture is defined by its arts. I have watched many of my heroes sit in that booth during their ceremony, I have even had the joyous honor of singing for some of them on their special night. The hope is to have contributed to humanity like my heroes have, to inspire us to be the most we can be as individuals, global citizens, and a part of human history. But most of all, to simply laugh, cry, love, and dream through music…I have been blessed to do just that as a fan and as an artist.”

Brooks previously appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 to honor Loretta Lynn, 2008 to honor George Jones, 2013 for Billy Joel and 2016 for James Taylor. 

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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.