NASHVILLE (Reuters) - The Country Music Association on Tuesday named three stars for induction into its Hall of Fame including superstar Garth Brooks and veterans Connie Smith and Hargus “Pig” Robbins.
Brooks , who has sold more than 128 million albums worldwide in his career, became a superstar of the 1990s with albums such as “Ropin’ the Wind” and “No Fences” and was heralded for his live stage acts. He took a break from heavy touring in the early 2000s, but in recent years has been performing more often.
The 50-year-old Brooks was picked for the Country Music Hall of Fame in its “Modern Era Artist” category.
At Tuesday’s announcement in the Nashville-based Hall of Fame , Brooks said it was an honor to be named but added it seemed premature with others such as Randy Travis, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs still not inducted .
“It’s kind of odd to be in this room,” he said. “You want to be mentioned in the same breath with George Strait and Reba McEntire — those are the two heroes I grew up with,” he said, adding others like Merle Haggard and George Jones.
“Now you’re gonna get to be in the same hall with them? Make no mistake, I don’t think I’m on that level”.