Garth Brooks has spoken everything there is to say about politics
Garth Brooks politics : After singing at Joe Biden’s inauguration, Garth Brooks is courting political controversy.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee revealed on Monday that the country singer would perform with Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez at the 46th President of the United States’ inauguration ceremony.
Following Biden’s swearing-in ceremony, the singer performed “Amazing Grace” for the audience.
Despite agreeing to perform, Brooks made it plain to his fans that he was not making a political statement. In fact, the well-known country singer makes an effort to avoid discussing politics.
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With a career dating back to the mid-1980s, though, the star has been forced to wade into political waters at least a few times. Given the controversy over Brooks’ choice to sing at the 2021 inauguration, it’s worth looking back at the past times he’s dabbled in politics.
Grammys on Capitol Hill
Brooks received the Grammys on the Hill award in 2010, which honours musicians and lawmakers who have championed the cause of musicians throughout their careers.
Brooks received the prize for his humanitarian activities in the music community, despite the fact that it is a political award.
“Garth Brooks is an example to musicians and fans alike as one of the most popular and humanitarian singers,” Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow stated at the time.
The inauguration of Donald Trump
Despite performing at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008, he declined the chance to play at Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
Brooks stated at the time that he is all about “People Loving People” and is “praying” for Trump, but he was unable to perform due to a scheduling conflict.
Brooks said in a Facebook Live video that he chose to “leave it up to karma” after being approached by billionaire Steve Wynn about the inauguration gig.
Brooks had to add many dates to his globe tour that clashed with the inauguration due to ticket sales.
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“With this whole presidential business, I’ll tell you something: we’ve got one on the way out. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
And, as the president takes office, pray for him and his family as they lead this country “At the time, Brooks stated. “Let’s stick together for the time being. That’s what it’s all about: love and unity.”
He went on to say, “We can’t express our gratitude to the Obamas enough for their service to this country,” he said. “And may God guide Trump in the judgments he makes in the name of this country.”
Jimmy Carter’s relationship
Despite his best efforts to keep out of politics, the country singer is more than happy to voice his support for former President Jimmy Carter.
Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, have been involved with Habitat for Humanity for years, frequently assisting the 39th president of the United States in the construction of homes for the poor.
Carter’s tenacity was emphasised by Brooks in 2019 when he had a fall that necessitated a lengthy hospitalisation, only to return and continue building homes.
You don’t expect anything else from him, do you? “Brooks said at the time to Yahoo Entertainment.
“Ms. Rosalynn is the same way, and he’s simply one of those people. They’re just the type of folks who you have to be around to believe.”
He continued, ” “As human beings, we should all strive for what the Carters represent.
Please disregard the terms “Republican” and “Democrat.” They are standing up for what they believe in as human beings.
This is the path we need to take as a human race if we are to progress. Count us in for anything that sheds light on that route and those two people’s dreams.
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“You must understand that no one in heaven cares if you are a Republican or a Democrat. ‘Welcome to the afterlife. This is it,’ says the author.
” Brooks came to a conclusion. “You don’t give a damn who’s on the other end of that board assisting you in carrying it.
You don’t care about their racial colour, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs.
It makes no difference. You’ve all come to help build a home for someone in need. Usually for a young mother and her children, or a family in need. As a result, this goes far beyond any political goal.”
Former presidents’ accolades
Brooks received the inaugural Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion in 2019.
According to the organization’s website, the award is meant to honour late former President George H.W. Bush by recognising and honouring “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.”
The country musician praised the late President of the United States while accepting the honour.
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“The greatest honour is that this award reflects 41, his beloved Barbara, and the work they believed in,” he remarked at the time.
“It is my desire and goal to make the Bush family and the Honorary Chairs glad that Garth Brooks is the first name on this award for caring and compassion.”
Former presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama serve as honorary chairs of the committee, despite the fact that the award is for attributes represented by H.W. Bush.
Bernie Sanders is perplexed.
When Brooks was seen wearing a “Sanders” jersey during an event in Detroit in 2020, many were quick to condemn him.
The number 20 on the back led many to believe he was endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2020.
However, the criticism was baseless, as the jersey had nothing to do with politics in the end.
Brooks was dressed in the No. 20 jersey of former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, who is a local legend and NFL Hall of Famer.
Brooks laughed off the viral incident, but said that it prompted a lighthearted debate about running for vice president.
“Sanders’ entire campaign was nothing more than a display of stupidity and folly.
You’re wearing a Barry Sanders jersey and you’re in Detroit “‘I told the Star Tribune,’ he said.
“The thing that made it fun for me was when Barry Sanders sent out a tweet saying, “I’m running for office; won’t you [Brooks] be my vice president?
” And with that, everything fell into place. It was quite amusing.”
When discussing the difference he sees in America in a 2020 interview with the Star Tribune, the country musician couldn’t resist but bring up politics.
“Like everyone else, we’re probably split 50/50. However, because it is country music, they believe it is 90/10.
It’s simply voices, really “he stated “That is why so many people worked so hard to get the vote. Allowing your voice to be heard within the stereotype is the only way to break stereotypes. I was reared in a household where I was expected to speak for myself.
That’s all I’ve got. Tolerance will always be my message. Also, instead of voting for a party, vote for a person.”
Brooks went on to say: “Is it in our DNA to split? Do you identify as a Democrat or a Republican? Are you a black or a white person?
Are you a Chevy or a Ford? I believe it is in our nature to construct barriers between ourselves. We formed cliques.
Inclusion is what we should be concentrating on. Instead of finding reasons to welcome them in as family, we quickly erected barriers to keep them out.”
The inauguration of Vice President Joe Biden
On Jan. 20, 2021, shortly after 12 p.m., the country musician, clad in a black blazer and blue jeans, removed his signature cowboy hat as he approached the stage in front of a tiny crowd in Washington, D.C. After that, the 58-year-old artist sang “Amazing Grace” a capella.
Prior to that, the singer couldn’t help but mention the political nature of the event he committed to perform at.
Brooks told reporters on a video call announcing his performance that the recent violence at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 was “disturbing and depressing.”
“With the exception of Ronald Reagan, I’ve played for every president since Carter.
It’s an honour for me to be asked to serve… and it’s one of the things that, if my family is here, it’s an honour to be asked, regardless of who the president-elect is “According to Entertainment Tonight, he told reporters.
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