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Tuesday
Mar062012

Garth Brooks to Be Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Garth Brooks' record-setting achievements thoughout the years are well-documented, but he's about to add another one to his list: he's being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Brooks is being inducted in the Modern Era Artist category.  In a statement, he said he was "astounded and honored" to be chosen. He added, "At the same time, I can't help but feel guilty going in when there are so many deserving artists that came before me who are yet to be inducted."

According to the director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Garth is receiving the honor because he's taken the country music genre to "new venues and new heights, engaging fans with his unparalleled mix of showmanship, theatricality and musical talent, all while never losing sight of country music's roots."

Also being inducted this year are legendary singer Connie Smith, who'll join the Hall in the Veterans Era Artist category and famed piano player Hargus "Pig" Robbins, who'll be inducted in the category of Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980.

The induction ceremonies for all three will take place later this year in Nashville.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Garth Brooks Wins in Trial Against Hospital

Ron Hoskins/Getty Images(YUKON, Okla.) -- Garth Brooks was awarded $500,000 along with an additional $150,000 for fraud in the trial against Integris Canadian Valley Hospital Tuesday night.

Jurors had begun deliberations Tuesday afternoon. After the verdict, they returned to deliberate about punitive damages, reported ABC affiliate KTUL.

This is likely a happy moment for Brooks, who tearfully remembered his mother in his testimony this week: “She was my budd…I was her biggest fan,” and, “If anybody met her, [they] would have gotten to love her.”

Colleen Brooks, his mother, lost her battle with cancer in 1999. In 2005, Garth Brooks donated $500,000 to the Integris Canadian Valley Hospital, in Yukon, Okla., for what he claimed he intended would be a woman’s center named after his mother.

The center was never built and Brooks sued in 2009. Brooks claimed he had a verbal agreement with the hospital and was shown mock-ups of the center.

Integris Canadian Valley Hospital insisted there were no conditions to the donation.

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Monday
Jan232012

Emotional Garth Brooks Testifies About Donation

Ron Hoskins/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Country star Garth Brooks is expected back in court Monday to make his final plea in turning around his mother’s legacy in a dispute over a donation he made in her name to an Oklahoma hospital.  Brooks spent almost seven hours on the stand Friday, giving what was described as emotional testimony.

A tearful Brooks told the jury “She was my buddy…I was her biggest fan,” and “If anybody met her, [they] would have gotten to love her.”

His mother, Colleen Brooks, died of cancer in 1999.  In 2005, Brooks donated $500,000 to the Integris Canadian Valley Hospital for a woman’s center named after his mother.

The center was never built and Brooks sued in 2009.  He claimed that he had a verbal agreement with the hospital and was shown mock-ups of a building with his mother’s name.

The hospital insists that there were never any conditions to the donation.

Brooks requests that the money be returned to him or donated to another charity.

The jury will decide the case as early as Tuesday.

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Wednesday
Jan182012

Garth Brooks Sues Hospital over His $500,000 Donation

Ron Hoskins/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Perhaps inspired by the lyrics of his hit song, “Do What You Gotta Do,” country music star Garth Brooks has sued his hometown hospital for allegedly not using his $500,000 donation for what he says he and the hospital agreed it would.

The singer says he made the donation to Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital of Yukon, Okla., in 2005, after the hospital promised to name a building after his mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999.

Brooks says hospital officials had courted him for two years, soliciting a donation to honor his late mother. He says they showed him mockups of a building in the hospital complex bearing his mother’s name in neon lights and planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony introducing the Colleen Brooks building to the public.

But then, Brooks’ attorneys say, almost three years after the donation, the hospital told the singer his donation would be, “used for what Integris had ‘earmarked’ the money for, without further discussion.”

His suit seeks the full $500,000 donation back.

In court filings, the hospital says his donation was “anonymous and unconditional” and that Brooks changed his tune by adding conditions to the gift after it was given.

“Unfortunately, talks broke down or did not continue or Mr. Brooks was not satisfied with the options we were offering, and that’s when he decided to sue,” hospital spokesman Hardy Watkins said Tuesday before the trial began.

Brooks’ spokeswoman Tuesday described the musician as “stunned and hurt” by the hospital’s failure to name anything for his mother.

Brooks made an appearance Tuesday afternoon in an Oklahoma courtroom where jury selection for his case was finalized.  The judge swore in 12 jurors and planned to pick an alternate. Opening statements in the trial are scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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Friday
Jun172011

Billy Joel Salutes Garth Brooks at Songwriters Hall of Fame

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame(NEW YORK) -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame had its annual induction gala Thursday night in New York City, and the biggest name being honored was country superstar Garth Brooks.

On hand to help do the honors was Brooks' pal Billy Joel -- the two have been friends and shared stages several times, ever since Brooks scored a massive country hit with Joel's song "Shameless."

On the red carpet, Joel said, "Garth has an insight, because he writes himself, on how to interpret other people's songs...I'm a New Yorker.  He had a hit on country-western radio with 'Shameless.'  That's pretty cool!  I never even imagined that."

Speaking more generally, Joel said the Songwriters Hall of Fame, of which he is a member, is important because songwriters don't get the recognition they deserve.

"The toughest part of the job is the writing," he told reporters.  "You can go on American Idol and yell in key, and...win Idol of America or whatever, but writing?  That's a whole other ball of wax.  There's a lot of craft, a lot of dedication, a lot of hard work, aggravation and frustration."

Brooks agreed, saying of songwriters, "A blank piece of paper [to them] is like holding a piece of meat in front of a dog.  They see a blank piece of paper and they see an opportunity to say something."

Other Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees Thursday night included Leon Russell; New Orleans pianist, composer and arranger Alan Toussaint, who wrote "Lady Marmalade" and "Southern Nights"; the team of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who wrote "Like a Virgin," "True Colors" and "I'll Stand By You"; and Tom Bettis, who wrote "Crazy for You," "Slow Hand," "Top of the World" and "Human Nature."

In addition, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, who wrote "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'," "Here You Come Again," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," "Just Once" and many other songs, were honored with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award.  Chaka Khan was also honored.

On hand to help celebrate the honorees were Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Billy Medley of the Righteous Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Ashford & Simpson, and Sam Moore of Sam & Dave.

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Reba, Garth and Taylor Among ACM Off-Camera Winners

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Academy of Country Music has announced the off-camera, special award winners for this year's ACM Awards. Show host Reba will be honored with the career achievement award, which recognizes a musical act that has advanced the popularity of country music in the preceding calendar year. Former winners in this category include Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Taylor Swift is getting the Jim Reeves International Award, which goes to an artist promoting country music throughout the world. Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and Buck Owens have received this honor in the past. The overseas leg of Taylor's Speak Now tour closes out Wednesday in London.

Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow's movie Country Strong will receive the ACM's Tex Ritter Award, recognizing a movie that has used country music in a big way. Previous winners include Walk The Line, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Beer For My Horses. Garth Brooks and Larry Gatlin & The Gatlins are getting the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award this year, honoring individuals who have paved the way for country music's continued success.

Tom T. Hall and Hank Cochran have been selected as this year's recipients of the Poet's Award. Tom wrote country classics like Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley, P.T.A" and his own hits such as "Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine." The late Hank Cochran penned the Patsy Cline staples "She's Got You" and "I Fall To Pieces," and the George Strait hits "The Chair" and "Ocean Front Property."

The winners in these categories will be recognized at the ACM honors event this fall at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The rest of the ACM winners will be announced live on the 46th Annual ACM Awards, broadcasting live on CBS Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Mar212011

Stars to Honor President George H.W. Bush Monday Night

White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Reba, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood have signed on to perform at an event in Washington, D.C. Monday night honoring former President George H.W. Bush.

The concert will recognize Bush's leadership in promoting service and volunteerism in America through his Points of Light campaign.  It will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Cee-Lo Green, Sam Moore and Sheryl Crow will also perform, and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are expected to attend.

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Tuesday
Feb222011

Garth Brooks to Be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Garth Brooks will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 16 during a gala event in New York City.  He's being recognized for his work on such songs as "Unanswered Prayers," "We Shall Be Free," "The Thunder Rolls" and, of course, "If Tomorrow Never Comes."

Among the writers Garth will be inducted alongside this year are the legendary Leon Russell, New Orleans musician, songwriter and producer Alan Toussaint, as well as John Bettis, Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who wrote hits such as Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," Madonna's "Crazy for You" and "Like a Virgin," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," The Carpenters' "Top of the World" and Heart's "Alone."

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Monday
Dec202010

Garth Brooks, NFL's Ray Carolin Make Big Donation to Toys for Tots

Photo Courtesy - GarthBrooks [dot] com(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Garth Brooks raised $3.5 million for flood relief efforts with his nine sold-out shows in Nashville, Tennessee.  Now, he's adding to the Christmas cheer with a big donation to Toys for Tots.

Brooks' pal, NFL album Ray Carolin, got on the phone and convinced Spalding Sporting Goods to donate more than 14,000 toys to the cause.  Carolin and Santa Claus were on hand Sunday afternoon to drop the toys off at the Bridgestone Arena, where Brooks continued his run of shows.

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Thursday
Dec162010

Garth Brooks Kicks Off Nine-Show Run in Nashville for Flood Victims

Photo Courtesy - Garth Brooks [dot] com(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Garth Brooks launches his nine-show run in Nashville Thursday night, playing two concerts at Bridgestone Arena.  The shows will raise money for flood victims in the area, and everything from the set list to the merchandise on sale will be unique to this event.

Says Brooks, "I think if you're trying to raise money for people, make it a one-of-a-kind thing, and hopefully we'll get the max money out of our contributors."

Tickets for Brooks' concerts went for only $25, but he promises to give fans a show that's worth much more than that.  "Our job is to make them walk away going, 'You know what, I would have paid double for that,'" Brooks says.  "To think that it's all going for a good cause, then everybody goes to sleep feeling good."

Brooks' wife, Trisha Yearwood, and Nashville songwriter Karyn Rochelle will also perform at the shows, and some special guests are expected to pop up, as well.

Here is the rundown of shows:

Thursday, Dec. 16 (two shows)
Friday, Dec. 17
Sunday, Dec. 19
Monday, Dec. 20
Tuesday, Dec. 21 (two shows)
Wednesday, Dec. 22 (two shows)

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