Die presidensiële intreekomitee announced on Monday that the country singer would be part of the swearing-in ceremony for the 46th president of the United States alongside previously announced acts lady Gaga en Jennifer Lopez.
The singer appeared following Biden’s swearing-in ceremony to perform “Amazing Grace” for those in attendance.
Despite agreeing to sing, Brooks made it clear to his fans that doing so was not a political statement in any way. In werklikheid, the notoriously kind country artist does his best to shy away from talking politics.
Egter, with a career that dates back to the mid-1980s, the celebrity has been unable to avoid wading into political waters at least a handful of times. In light of the debate surrounding his decision to sing at the 2021 inhuldiging, it’s worth taking a look back at the other times Brooks has dipped into politics.
Grammy on the Hill
In 2010, Brooks was the recipient of the Grammys on the Hill award, dedicated to highlighting artists and politicians who have advocated for the cause of musicians throughout their careers.
Although the award itself is one of politics, Brooks was given the honor thanks to his philanthropic work within the music community.
“As one of the most popular and philanthropic artists, Garth Brooks is an inspiration to musicians and fans alike,” Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow said at the time.
Donald Trump’s inauguration
Op daardie stadium, Brooks explained he’s all about “People Loving People” en is “praying” for Trump but due to a scheduling conflict, he ultimately had to turn down performing.
The country superstar explained in a Facebook Live video that after he was approached by billionaire Steve Wynn about the inauguration gig, Brooks decided to “leave it up to karma.” Ticket sales determined Brooks needed to add several dates to his world tour that conflicted with the inauguration.
“I’ll tell you with this whole presidential thing: We got one going out. Pray for him and his family. And for the president going in, pray for him and his family to guide this nation,” Brooks said at the time. “Let’s stay together. Liefde, eenheid — that’s what it’s all about.”
Hy gaan voort, “We can’t thank the Obamas enough for serving this country,” hy het gesê. “And may God hold Trump’s hand in the decisions that he makes in this country’s name as well.”
Relationship with Jimmy Carter
Although the country star does his best to stay out of politics, he’s more than willing to show his support for former president Jimmy Carter. Vir jare, Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, work closely with Habitat for Humanity, often helping the 39th president of the United States build homes for the underprivileged in America.
In 2019, Brooks highlighted Carter’s resilience after suffering a fall that required a brief hospitalization only to come back and continue building homes.
You don’t expect anything different from the man,” Brooks told Yahoo Vermaak op daardie stadium. “He’s just one of those guys, and Ms. Rosalynn’s the same way. They’re just those people that you just have to be around to actually believe it.”
Hy het bygevoeg: “What the Carters stand for is what we should all shoot for as human beings. Please forget ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat.’ What they are standing for is as human beings. If we’re going to get anywhere as a human race, this is the path we want to follow. So anything keeping any kind of light on that path and those two people’s dreams, then count us in.
“You’ve got to understand that when you get to heaven, nobody cares about ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ in heaven at all. ‘Welcome to heaven. Hierdie is dit,’” Brooks concluded. “You don’t care who’s on the other end of that board that’s helping you carry it. You don’t care the color of their skin, their sexual preference, their religious preference. It doesn’t matter. You’re all here to build a house for someone who needs it. Usually for a young lady and her babies, or a family that needs it. So this is way, way, way beyond any political agenda at all.”
Accolades by former presidents
In 2019, Brooks was the recipient of the inaugural Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion. The accolade is designed to honor late former president George H.W. Bush to a recipient recognize and “honor outstanding individuals who advance solutions to the world’s toughest challenges and exemplify the extraordinary traits of its late founder and the 41st president of the United States,” volgens sy webwerf.
In accepting the award, the country singer heaped praise on the late POTUS.
“The fact that this award is a reflection of 41, his beloved Barbara, and the work they believed in is the greatest honor,” het hy destyds gesê. “An award is only as good as its recipient – my hope and goal is to make the Bush family and the Honorary Chairs proud that Garth Brooks is the first name on this award for caring and compassion.”
Although the award was in recognition of traits exemplified by H.W. Bush, former presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama serve as honorary chairs of the committee.
Bernie Sanders confusion
Many were quick to denounce Brooks in 2020 when he was spotted wearing a “Sanders” jersey during an appearance in Detroit. The number on the back was 20, leading many to think that he was supporting Sy. Bernie Sanders in his 2020 presidensiële bod.
Egter, the criticism was unfounded as the jersey ended up having absolutely nothing to do with politics. Brooks wore the No. 20 jersey of former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders – a football legend in the city and NFL Hall of Fame.
Brooks laughed off the viral moment but noted that it led to a jocular discussion of a vice presidential run.
“The whole Sanders thing was nothing other than just ignorance and just silliness. You’re in Detroit wearing a Barry Sanders jersey,” hy het die Star Tribune. “The whole thing that made it fun for me was here comes a tweet from Barry Sanders saying: ‘I’m running for office; won’t you [Brooks] be my vice president?’ And that put everything in its place. It was very funny.”
In 2020 in the same interview with the Star Tribune, the country singer couldn’t help but talk politics when discussing the divide he sees in America.
“We’re probably divided 50/50 like everybody else. But because it’s country music and they think it’s 90/10, dit is nie. It’s just voices,” hy het gesê. “That’s why everyone pushed so hard for the vote. The only way you’re going to break stereotypes is let your voice be heard within the stereotype. I was raised where I speak for myself. That’s all I can do. My message forever is tolerance. And don’t vote party, vote person.”
Brooks continued: “Is it in our nature to divide? Are you Democrat or Republican? Are you Black or white? Are you Ford or Chevy? I think it’s in our nature to build a wall between us. We set up cliques. We should be focusing on inclusion. We immediately set up walls to not like people instead of finding reasons to bring them in like family.”
Shortly after 12 nm. op Jan.. 20, 2021, the country star, dressed in a black blazer and blue jeans, removed his staple cowboy hat as he approached the stage in Washington D.C. before a small crowd. The 58-year-old entertainer then performed an a capella version of “Amazing Grace.”
Prior to that, the star couldn’t help but acknowledge the political nature of the event he agreed to sing at. On a zoom call announcing he would perform, Brooks told reporters that he found the recent violence that broke out at the U.S. Capitol op Jan.. 6 to be “disturbing and sad.”
“Ek het gespeel vir elke president wat daar is, sedert Carter, met die uitsondering van Reagan. Dit is vir my 'n eer om te kan dien… en dit is een van die dinge wat, as my gesin in die omgewing is, maak nie saak wie die gekose president is nie, dit is 'n eer om gevra te word,” het hy aan verslaggewers gesê, Volgens Vermaak vanaand.