Garth Brooks & RIAA to Honor Charley Pride With Lifetime Achievement Award

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On Oct. 25, Garth Brooks will join the Recording Industry Association of America in honoring late country music legend Charley Pride with the RIAA’s lifetime achievement award. The event will take place at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, Tenn.

“Sometimes the greatest honor you can receive is being part of honoring someone else – this is an honor,” Brooks said via a statement.

Pride’s son Dion will accept the honor on behalf of his late father. Brooks will also speak with songwriter, author and Vanderbilt University faculty member Alice Randall as part of a Q&A session centering on the impact of Pride’s influence on country music. Randall penned the Trisha Yearwood hit “XXX’s and OOO’s,” consulted on and appeared in the Ken Burns documentary Country Music and appeared in Pride’s PBS documentary I’m Just Me.

In September 2020, just months before his death in December, Pride collaborated with Brooks on the duet “Where the Cross Don’t Burn,” written by Troy Jones and Phil Thomas. Brooks traveled to Pride’s Dallas studio to record the duet, a musical tale that chronicles the friendship between a young white boy and an older Black man during segregation.

In August, Pride was feted by CMT with the 90-minute special CMT Giants: Charley Pride, which featured Pride’s wife Rozene, as well as a sterling lineup of artists including Brooks, Jimmie Allen, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, George Strait, Wynonna, Ronnie Milsap, Reyna Roberts, Gladys Knight and more. In addition to artists performing their favorite Pride hits, the special also included rare, older interview footage with Pride.

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