Talk about a stunner! Garth Brooks, who earlier revealed he would be performing as part of the Presidential Inauguration ceremony, took the stage to sing “Amazing Grace,” a cappella, during the live broadcast.
Brooks sang two verses, before asking the attendees to join with him on the final verse.
“I’m gonna ask you to sing this last verse with me,” Brooks said, before launching into the first verse again. “Not just the people here, but the people at home, at work, as one, united.”
Brooks has not publicly stated who he voted for in this election, but he did say it was an honor to be asked to perform.
“I’ve played for every President there is, since Carter, with the exception of Reagan,” Brooks said (via Entertainment Tonight). “This is an honor for me to get to serve… and it’s one of the things that, if my family is around, no matter who the President-elect is, it’s an honor to be asked.”
Ahead of the inauguration ceremonies, Brooks spoke out about the recent Capitol riot, and urged everyone to try to put their differences aside and focus on the future.
“All I can do is beg and plead for everybody to take that second, that moment, take a breath,” Brooks said, (via 10 Tampa). “Think about it. Think about your family,” Brooks said. “Think about what mark you’re going to leave on this planet, as a human being, the children that you raise, and then make your decision. I think what happened is, we saw people in the heat of the moment, pop.
“We’ve seen it on television … It felt like it was some other country than here,” he added. “And now we deal with it. We take responsibility. We claim it, and now we do our best to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again.”
Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez both performed for the ceremony, while Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard will perform for the televised special, Celebrating America, tonight. That program beings at at 8:30 PM ET, and will air on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC, as well as all of the Presidential inaugural committee’s social media channels.