As it turns out, Garth Brooks does have friends in high places. It’s been announced that he will receive the once-in-a-century Centennial Award from ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). The award is given to a select group of American music icons in recognition of their "incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond," according to ASCAP.
Joining Garth in receiving the high honor will be Joan Baez, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder.
The awards will be handed to the icons on November 17 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, at a gala party celebrating ASCAP’s historic 100th anniversary. The event will feature the Centennial Award recipients and special guest artists who will perform in tribute to the honorees.
"Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe," says ASCAP President Paul Williams in a prepared statement. "It’s wonderful to be able to salute them on the occasion of ASCAP’s Centennial year and, as important, to raise funds to perpetuate the important work being done by the ASCAP Foundation."