Garth Brooks accepts Billboard Icon Award as he performs epic greatest-hits medley
On Wednesday, Brooks was honored with the award, which has been handed out every year at the Billboard Music Awards since 2011. Past winners include Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey.
Taking the stage to accept the honor from Cher, who was honored in 2017, Brooks performed an epic mashup of his greatest hits, including "The Thunder Rolls," "The River," "Standing Outside the Fire," "That Summer," "Friends in Low Places," and more.
Afterward he told Cher, "To hold the award you got makes me feel cool, and cool is not something I would ever describe myself as." He thanked the "love of his life," a.k.a. his wife, Trisha Yearwood; his three daughters; and his fans. "Country radio, you gave me this, and to all those fans who fill those stands thank you, thank you for my life," he said.
According to Billboard, Brooks became the first artist to have appeared on the Hot Country Songs chart in every decade since the '80s. In addition to his many BBMAs, Brooks has also won two Grammys, 17 American Music Awards, and the RIAA Award for best-selling solo albums artist of the century in the U.S. He has also earned nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, more than any other country artist.