“Billboard Icon” Garth Brooks Confirms Performance at 2020 Billboard Music Awards

Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks will soon add another award to his crowded trophy case: Billboard Icon Award.

Garth will be presented with the award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Garth will join an esteemed group of eight additional artists who have been presented the Billboard Icon Award: Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

During his Inside Studio G series on Facebook on Oct. 5, Garth confirmed he will be performing at the show.

“Next Wednesday, we’re receiving the Icon Award, and thing is—only because of Covid rules—[they’re] only allowing so many bandmembers to go,” said Garth. “If you’ll notice, for anybody that’s been with us since the beginning, it will be the same guys that started this whole ship together . . . To think that there’s five of the original seven of us on that stage is really cool.”

Additional performers include Luke Combs, Alicia Keys, Bad Bunny and Post Malone.

Kelly Clarkson will host the show for the third time.

This year’s awards are based on the chart period of March 23, 2019, through March 14, 2020 (set for the originally scheduled April 29, 2020 show, which was postponed due to the pandemic). The original eligibility period will remain intact to recognize and honor the chart-topping artists and musical successes achieved and to maintain consistent tracking periods for future shows.

Garth’s Billboard accomplishments include nine No. 1 albums on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, 17 No. 1 albums on the Top Country Albums chart, 19 No. 1 singles and more. Garth is the first and only artist in history to achieve eight diamond-certified albums with sales of more than 10 million units each. Garth is also the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history, certified by the RIAA with more than 156 million album sales.

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