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From right: Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and , Hargus Pig Robbins appear in a promotional photograph released by the Country Hall of Fame. They were announced as the 2012 inductees on Tuesday, March 6. - Provided courtesy of John Russell / CMA

Garth Brooks to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

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03/06/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Country Music superstar Garth Brooks was named as one of three people who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Association announced on March 6.

Brooks will be joined with Hargus "Pig" Robbins and Connie Smith as the new members. The singer will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category. Robbins will be inducted in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980" category and Smith will be inducted in as a "Veterans Era Artist."

The three additions increase the number of inductees of the Country Music Hall of Fame from 115 to 118. The induction ceremonies will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum later this year.

Reba McEntire was inducted into the hall of fame last year in the same category as Brooks.

Brooks made headlines in January when he sued an Oklahoma hospital for his $500,000 donation after they refused to name a building after his late mother. Brooks received his $500,000 donation back plus another $500,000 in damages after an Oklahoma jury ruled on January 24 that Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon went back on its word.

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