It's not every night that Garth Brooks cries in front of a room of 800 people. But the country crooner, who was honored alongside music icons Billy Joel, Joan Baez, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder, was moved to tears at the ASCAP Centennial Awards, declaring, "I'll never say it again, but I'm very proud tonight to call myself a songwriter."

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