Garth Brooks' wife has been chosen to receive the Voice of Music Award in recognition of her creative contributions to country music culture and accomplishments in her distinguished career thus far.

The special prize is given to "songwriters and artists whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation who display a unique style of creative genius that will inspire and enrich generations to come."

Previous recipients of the Voice of Music Award include George Strait, Amy Grant and Kenny Chesney.

Yearwood will be presented with the trophy during the 53rd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on 2 November (15).