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!”
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 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.