Garth Brooks Becomes First Country Artist to Receive SoundExchange's Digital Radio Award

Garth Brooks adds one more reason to back him as one of the biggest artists in recording history.

The singer has been awarded the SoundExchage Digital Music Award, the first time the honor has gone to a country artist. The Digital Music Award recognizes artists who have amassed over one billion plays performances on over 2,500 digital radio stations.

"Reaching one billion performances is a rarified accomplishment, and it's not surprising that Garth Brooks is among the first artists to be recognized with the SoundExchange Digital Radio Award for achieving this significant milestone," Huppe said.

Brooks achieved this unprecedented record in digital radio while on a 14-year break from touring. In September 2015, he returned to touring and continues to break nearly every record in each market, all of which Brooks himself previously set.

Huppe presented Brooks with the award prior to his appearance at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena, where he performed a string of sold-out shows.

Only recording artists who are registered members of SoundExchange are eligible for the award.

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