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Garth Brooks Acccepts Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards

The short list of major awards not won yet by Garth Brooks got shorter on Wednesday, October 14 when the country superstar received the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards. Brooks is the first country artist and just the ninth overall to receive Icon Award honors.

The award was presented to Brooks by music legend Cher.

"To Miss Cher, getting to hold the award that you go makes me feel so cool. And cool is never a word I would use to describe me. If I had to thank one person, one entity, it would be God Almighty because through Him all things are possible," Brooks said during his acceptance speech. "To the love of my life Trisha Yearwood, the three girls, Taylor, August and Allie, I'll love you beyond my time here on this planet. Country radio, you gave me this. To all those people that fill those stands, thank you, thank you for my life."

In February, Carson Daily announced on the Today Show that Brooks will become just the ninth ever Icon Award winner at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.

Brooks is best selling solo artist in US history. The country music icon is the only artist from any genre to earn eight RIAA Diamond certified albums, meaning over 10 million copies were sold of each full-length release.

A deeper look at Brooks' career stats reveal 19 Billboard Music Awards wins, nine No. 1 albums on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and appearances on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in five different decades.

"I'm flattered, I'm humbled—This is going to be fun," Brooks said in a short video aired by the Today Show in February.

The coveted award debuted in 2011 and has been handed out to Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

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The Icon Award adds to an already impressive list of accolades for a Country Music Hall of Fame member and the CMA's reigning Entertainer of the Year.

The awards show, produced by Dick Clark Productions, was hosted by one of country music's best mainstream friends, Kelly Clarkson.

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