Garth Brooks among 2011 Songwriters Hall inductees

June 17, 2011 - 6:13 AM
Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards

Inductee Garth Brooks, left, and Billy Joel perform onstage at the 42nd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in New York, Thursday, June 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Songwriters Hall of Fame has honored the likes of Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Allen Toussaint at its annual gala in New York City.

Billy Joel inducted Brooks into the class of 2011, and then performed "Shameless" with him. Before the show, Brooks was ecstatic that Joel would take the time to honor him.

Of the evening's lesser known recipients, Bill Medley presented Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil with the Johnny Mercer Award.

The duo penned the mega-hit "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" performed by The Righteous Brothers in 1964.

Medley, who along with Bobby Hatfield makes up The Righteous Brothers, says they were "just lucky that they wrote that song for us."

The song has had more than 14 million airplays, and is still going strong.