Garth Brooks will be the first inductee to the just-announced Live Music Hall of Fame, it was announced yesterday (Thursday, February 8th) at a keynote Q&A session at Pollstar Live! In Los Angeles. Garth accepted the award before a packed ballrom saying, “It’s a total shock and quite an honor. I don’t think an entertainer is anything without other people who allow him to do this."
The honor follows Garth’s record-setting, three-year tour in which he sold over 6.3 million tickets making it the biggest North American tour and biggest ever by a solo artist. Garth is also the first artist to receive seven RIAA Diamond awards for albums sales of over 10 million per album and the Number One selling U.S. solo artist with over 148 million albums sold.
Yesterday's panel also included a surprise birthday cake and sing-a-long as Garth celebrated his 56th birthday on Wednesday (February 7th).