Garth Brooks Joins Songwriters Hall of Fame

Garth Brooks was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday night (June 16) in New York City. The induction class also included John Bettis, Leon Russell, Allen Toussaint and the team of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. At the gala event, Brooks and Billy Joel wore matching cowboy hats and performed a duet of “Shameless,” Brooks’ 1991 No. 1 hit that was written by Joel. Dwight Yoakam also joined Russell on a performance of “Superstar.” In addition, Trisha Yearwood performed a medley of songs by Hal David, including “What the World Needs Now,” as he received the inaugural Visionary Leadership Award. Other honorees of special awards included Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (co-writers of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”), Ervin Drake (writer of “It Was a Very Good Year”) and R&B artists Drake and Chaka Khan. View photos from the induction ceremony.