NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WFLA) — Garth Brooks is the first recording artist to ever earn seven Diamond Status from the Recording Industry Association of America.
A recording artist receives a Diamond Award when a single or album reaches sales of 10 million or more. Brooks has sold 138 million albums in his career.
The Oklahoma native has recorded seven albums in the country music capital of Nashville. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam presented Brooks with the award in Nashville.
At the ceremony, Brooks thanked his fans and the music association and shared his message of hope.
“You know they talk about faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love,” Brooks said. “Hope, hope’s a wonderful thing. As long as you have hope you have reason to get up in the morning. Tennessee provides hope for everybody. A young kid out of Oklahoma that not have a clue what he’s going to do with his life. Provided hope. That’s why you got up every day. Your dream was to move here, your dream was to make music.”
Before now, Brooks was tied with the Beatles who have six Diamond certifications.
To keep the celebration going, Brooks is planning to play a free concert on October 24 in Nashville.