The star-studded concert celebrating Garth Brooks as the recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was taped for a PBS special. Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will air on PBS stations on Sunday, March 29, at 9 p.m.
Brooks was the first honoree to open the Gershwin Prize concert with his own performance, thrilling the audience with “Ain’t Going Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up),” joined by Keith Urban. Urban also performed “We Shall Be Free” with the Howard University Chorale. Other artists who feted Brooks in song were Trisha Yearwood (“The Change” and “For the Last Time,” a love song she and Brooks wrote together); Ricky
Skaggs (“Callin’ Baton Rouge”), Chris Stapleton (“Shameless” and “Rodeo”), Keb’ Mo’ (“The River”), and Lee Brice (“What She’s Doing Now” and “More Than a Memory,” which he wrote).
Brooks also paid tribute to his own musical heroes--including Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Otis Redding, and Cat Stevens--before closing the concert with some of his best-loved hits, including “The Dance.” Brooks is the youngest songwriter ever to receive the Gershwin Prize. Past Gershwin Prize honorees include Tony Bennett, Billy Joel, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson.
You can read Billboard’s story on the Gershwin Prize concert here.