Garth Brooks will perform a tribute to his late friend when Chris LeDoux is honored with the CMA Chairman's Award of Merit during the upcoming CMA Awards show in New York. In announcing the award, CMA board chairman Kix Brooks noted, "Chris embodies everything that's great about country music. He lived with passion, integrity and a commitment to big dreams. It's how he rodeoed, and it was how he made his music. Chris wasn't larger than life, he was life." LeDoux is the first recipient of the award. Brooks will perform his current single, "Good Ride Cowboy," with LeDoux's band, Western Underground. LeDoux, a former world champion bronc rider, died in March of cancer. The CMA Awards will be held Nov. 15 in New York at Madison Square Garden.