Garth Brooks who has sold 159 million albums, making him the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, received the Billboard Music Awards Icon Award Wednesday night.
The 58-year-old Brooks is the only act to have nine albums certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of more than 10 million each.
He is also the only country performer to have charted songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in each decade between the ’80s and the ’20s. With his most recent collaboration with Blake Shelton “Dive Bar” reaching 17.
Music legend Cher presented Brooks with the award Wednesday night.
“If I had to thank one person or one entity for this award, it would have to be God almighty, said Brooks on the verge of tears. “Through him, all things are possible.”
Brooks thanked everyone, including his family, fans, and country radio who have helped him get to where he is today.
Before accepting the award Brooks sang a melody of hits, including; “Thunder Rolls”, “Callin’ Baton Rouge”, “The River”, “That Summer”, and “Dive Bar”, just to name a few.
In an expansive interview with Billboard, Brooks revisited career milestones, but also looked ahead. He says his next studio album, ‘Fun’, will come out later this fall. In addition, ‘Triple Live Deluxe’, will soon be released as a standalone album. It had previously only been available as part of The Legacy Collection box set.
Brooks is the ninth recipient of the Icon Award following legendary artists; Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey.