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Emotional Garth Brooks Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
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Garth Brooks was formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday evening. His hero George Strait was on hand to present him with his Hall of Fame member’s medallion and even sang “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”.

Garth was emotional throughout the tribute, which also featured performances by James Taylor and Bob Seger. JT performed “The River” while Seger sang “That Summer”.

Trisha Yearwood, wife of Garth, lined up the all-star musical lineup and Garth said before the ceremony, “My wife has spoiled me unbelievably rotten for this night, and I’m gonna enjoy it.”

During his acceptance speech, Garth said that getting into the Hall of Fame was the greatest night of his life. Well except the birth of his three daughters, who were in the front row for the ceremony. Garth told them, “I love you guys very, very much. You are the greatest days of my life.”

During his introduction speech, George Strait recalled first hearing about Garth’s wild concerts where he would swing over the crowd on a rope, spray water on himself and smash guitars. George said at the time, “This is country music, can he do that?”

George went on to salute Garth for his passion on the stage and for expanding country music’s reach saying, “You’ve just brought so many new fans to our music. It helped all of us.”

There were two other inductees last night — Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith and acclaimed piano player Hargus “Pig” Robbins.


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