The husband of Trisha Yearwood couldn't hold back his tears when receiving the honor at the Sunday, October 21 event, in which he was welcomed by his personal hero George Strait.
Garth Brooks received a special honor on Sunday, October 21. The husband of Trisha Yearwood was inducted to Country Music Hall of Fame as one of the most successful country music artists of all time. Welcomed by his personal hero George Strait, the Oklahoma native got emotional as he received the honor.
"I moved to this town for one reason and that was to get 'Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old' cut by George Strait," a teary Brooks said before the ceremony. "That's what George is singing tonight. It's gonna be so cool. I'm a fan. So I get to be a fan tonight."
Brooks, who retired since nearly ten years ago, also teased that he might consider a comeback in the future and that he had discussed the plan with his wife. "We're just going to start. It will be fun. We've got our youngest baby [Allie], this is her junior year, and she's really in touch," he dished.
"Now, down from three to one [at home], you spend a lot more time with that one," the 50-year-old musician continued. "She's in on every plan. She knows all the decisions. She's really well-educated in what's going on."
The hitmaker of "The Beaches of Cheyenne" was inducted Sunday alongside trailblazing singer Connie Smith and keyboard player Hargus "Pig" Robbins. The event was attended by a number of artists, including Bob Seeger and James Taylor who took the stage to pay tribute to Brooks.
Brooks was one of the most successful musicians in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. He sold more albums than any other artists since 1991. He was ranked the third highest-selling musician of all time, trailing behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
Of the hall of fame honor itself, Brooks said, "When they announced it, all I could think about was the guys who aren't in there that should be before me." He added, "And as we've gotten closer I see that, but I just can't help be like a little kid at Christmas. It's going to be a great, great, great night."