加思·布鲁克斯(Garth Brooks)关于政治的一切话

加思·布鲁克斯(Garth Brooks)关于政治的一切话

加思·布鲁克斯(Garth Brooks) is courting some political controversy after performing at the inauguration of 乔·拜登.

总统就职委员会 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珍妮弗·洛佩兹.

The singer appeared following Biden’s swearing-in ceremony to perform奇异恩典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. 事实上, the notoriously kind country artist does his best to shy away from talking politics.

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然而, 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 就职典礼, it’s worth taking a look back at the other times Brooks has dipped into politics.

Grammy on the Hill

Garth Brooks received the 2010 Grammys on the Hill award.

Garth Brooks received the 2010 Grammys on the Hill award. (Kevin Mazur/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcp)

在 2010, Brooks was the recipient of the 格莱美奖 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 当时说.

Donald Trump’s inauguration

Garth Brooks said he was unable to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration despite being asked.

Garth Brooks said he was unable to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration despite being asked. (美联社照片/亚历克斯·布兰登, 文件)

Although he performed at Barack Obama’s 2008 宣誓仪式, he turned down the opportunity to perform again at 唐纳德·特朗普的 inauguration in 2017.

当时, Brooks explained he’s all aboutPeople Loving People” 并且是 “祈祷” 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 toleave it up to karma.Ticket sales determined Brooks needed to add several dates to his world tour that conflicted with the inauguration.

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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. Love, 统一 — that’s what it’s all about.

他继续, “We can’t thank the Obamas enough for serving this country,” 他说. “And may God hold Trump’s hand in the decisions that he makes in this country’s name as well.

Relationship with Jimmy Carter

Garth Brooks and Jimmy Carter are friends through their involvement with Habitat for Humanity.

Garth Brooks and Jimmy Carter are friends through their involvement with Habitat for Humanity. (AP Photo/John Amis, 文件)

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. 多年, 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.

在 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 雅虎娱乐 当时. “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.

他加了: “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.

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You’ve got to understand that when you get to heaven, nobody cares about ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ in heaven at all. ‘Welcome to heaven. 就是这个,’” 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

Garth Brooks was the inaugural recipient of the POints of Light Award for Caring and Compasson.

Garth Brooks was the inaugural recipient of the POints of Light Award for Caring and Compasson. (美联社照片/苏珊·沃尔什, 泳池)

在 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 andhonor 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,” according to its website.

In accepting the award, the country singer heaped praise on the late POTUS.

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The fact that this award is a reflection of 41, his beloved Barbara, and the work they believed in is the greatest honor,” 他当时说. “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. 衬套, former presidents George W. 衬套, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama serve as honorary chairs of the committee.

Bernie Sanders confusion

Garth Brooks was mistaken for a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Garth Brooks was mistaken for a Bernie Sanders supporter. (美联社照片/ Patrick Semansky)

Many were quick to denounce Brooks in 2020 当他是 spotted wearing a “桑德斯” jersey during an appearance in Detroit. The number on the back was 20, leading many to think that he was supporting 它的. 伯尼·桑德斯 in his 2020 presidential bid.

然而, 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,” 他告诉 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 [布鲁克斯] be my vice president?’ And that put everything in its place. It was very funny.

Political division

Garth Brooks spoke out about the political divide seen in America in 2020.

Garth Brooks spoke out about the political divide seen in America in 2020. (罗伊·罗奇林/ WireImage)

在 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, 不是. It’s just voices,” 他说. “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.

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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.

拜登的就职典礼

Garth Brooks sings Amazing Grace during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. 华盛顿国会大厦, 星期三, 一月. 20, 2021.

Garth Brooks sings Amazing Grace during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. 华盛顿国会大厦, 星期三, 一月. 20, 2021. (美联社照片/ Patrick Semansky, 泳池)

不久之后 12 下午. 一月. 20, 2021, the country star, 穿着黑色西装外套和蓝色牛仔裤, 在华盛顿特区登上舞台时,摘下了他的牛仔帽. 在少数人群面前. 这位58岁的艺人随后表演了无伴奏合唱版 “奇异恩典。”

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. 一月的国会大厦. 6 成为 “disturbing and sad.

“我为每位总统效力, 自卡特以来, 除了里根. 能为我服务是我的荣幸… 这是其中的一件事, 如果我的家人在附近, 无论当选总统是谁, 被问到是一种荣幸,” 他告诉记者, 根据 今晚娱乐.

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