On January 20, the world was tuned in to the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Bidden and Vice President, Kamala Harris. The 90-minute ceremony took place in Washington, D.C. with many of the nation’s biggest leaders, entertainers and musicians taking part. Among them was country music’s Garth Brooks, who took to the stage to perform Amazing Grace.
Brooks is no stranger when it comes to being among the company of presidents.
In addition to the Obama inaugural, he has played for every president since Jimmy Carter, except for Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. He was also the recipient in 2019 for the inaugural award for Caring and Compassion, an award by George H.W. Bush’s organisation, Points of Light which is a non-profit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change in communities around the world.
Brooks said, “I try to remember my job is simple, and when they call you to sing, you get to do what I was put here for. This celebration in an honorable day where the new president takes over. It’s a beautiful day for hope for the future. It’s a tribute to those people who dedicate their lives for this country. Past presidents, future presidents. The least I can do is grab my guitar and sing for them, get up there and play. I consider it the greatest honour I’ve ever had.”
Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard also performed their new duet, Undivided — which carries a message of faith and unity, and, what they believe, is a perfect parallel with Biden’s own campaign.
McGraw said, “The song, it speaks to more of the social contract that we have with each other. It’s not about politics, it’s about how we’re supposed to treat each other.”
Other celebrities who made appearances included Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
Watch Brooks sing Amazing Grace, backed only by the U.S. Marine Band, below:
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