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Garth Brooks to be honored for songwriting

February 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Country superstar Garth Brooks will be immortalized for his songwriting skills at the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Brooks is one of five musicians to be inducted on June 16. The announcement was made Tuesday by the group's chairman, Jimmy Webb, who said the songwriters have "forever enriched our world's music."

Leon Russell is also part of the inductee class, making it the second hall of fame honor for him this year; next month, he'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fellow piano man Allen Toussaint will also be inducted, along with John Bettis, who wrote "Human Nature" and "Crazy for You," and the team of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who wrote songs including "Like A Virgin" and "True Colors."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.