Garth Brooks is being honored by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) with its Songwriter Icon Award at the organization’s first-ever virtual meeting this June. The award honors music creators and composers who have contributed greatly to the craft of songwriting, and is typically given at NMPA’s annual industry gathering in New York City the evening prior to the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala.
“We have wanted to honor Garth Brooks for some time, and his incredible words about being remembered as a songwriter first at this year’s Gershwin Award for Popular Song compelled us to make this the year,” said NMPA President & CEO David Israelite. “Garth is someone who has created uplifting, joyful and meaningful music for decades. He’s brought millions of fans to country music and he’s brought this country together in times of hardship. His music has tackled tough issues and his lyrics have transformed everyday life into poetry that is as catchy as it is timeless. His career has spanned decades and genres and no one could be more fitting to honor during this challenging time. We are grateful to get to hear from him and thank him for what his songwriting has meant to so many of us.”
Past recipients of the award include Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Ryan Tedder, Jon Bon Jovi, Pharrell, Steven Tyler, Diane Warren and Sting.
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