Happy 50th birthday to Garth Brooks! To celebrate, there is a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about the superstar in today’s Daily Roundup. The Band Perry also have reason to celebrate today, as do Chely Wright and George Strait. Really, unless your name is Randy Travis, it’s been a pretty great day.
2010 - Taylor Swift wins four times during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, telecast by CBS from Los Angeles' Staples Center. "Fearless" takes Album of the Year and Best Country Album; "White Horse" earns Best Country Female Vocal and Best Country Song.
Garth Brooks was awarded $1 million in his lawsuit against a hospital in his native Oklahoma. The lawsuit came about to due a dispute over a donation in exchange for naming a wing of the facility after his late mother. Even though Brooks likely doesn’t need the money as one of the most successful country stars ever, it was a matter of principle for him — and the jury agreed. The $1 million includes his original donation, plus punitive damages, according to Reuters.
2009 - Garth Brooks sings "We Shall Be Free" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural event for Barack Obama. Also appearing: James Taylor, Jennifer Nettles, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow.
Garth Brooks is learning the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. The Oklahoma native is set to appear in a courtroom in Rogers County today (Jan. 17) to face an aging lawsuit over a donation he made to a local hospital. The long-lingering suit is finally going to trial with jury selection scheduled to take place in the early part of the afternoon.
2010 - Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood deliver the first two of nine concerts at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, joined by unannounced guest Steve Wariner. The shows raise $3.5 million for flood relief.
Garth Brooks is keeping his options open for when his youngest daughter graduates in 2014. While the singer has said he won’t hit the road or record new music until then, he could be considering a different sort of career during his later years.
Garth Brooks is currently playing a string of dates at the Las Vegas’ Wynn Casino, which run through February, but don’t expect him to take his show on the road for a full tour just yet. The 49-year-old country music icon won’t be coming out of retirement, at least until his youngest daughter graduates from college in 2014.
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