Garth Brooks says Biden Inauguration performance not 'political' but a 'statement of unity'

'That bridge that brings us together, it is reaching across, loving one another...'
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Country star Garth Brooks is the latest artist to be added to the celebration honoring the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris on Wednesday, January 20.

Brooks is carefully keeping his political beliefs separate from the event, describing the invite as "an honor" to be able to perform for any president, no matter their chosen party affiliation.

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"This is a great day. In our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity," Brooks, who also performed at Barack Obama's Inauguration in 2008, told a panel of reporters during a virtual press conference. "This is history, and it is an honor to get to serve,” he said.

In fact, Brooks reminded those gathered that he had "played for every president there is, since Carter," before remembering that he was not on hand for the Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.

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Garth's reasoning for always being up for the gig? "New beginnings, new starts," he said while calling for unity between citizens across the country. "It is the word unity, the word love, the word that we belong to each other. It is going to take all of us," Brooks says. "What I want for all of us to do is listen. We are more divided than ever, that bridge that brings us together, it is reaching across, loving one another, because that is what is going to get us through the most divided times that we have," he explained.

"In this case you must rise beyond red and blue, black and white, gay and straight, male and female, look at it from America," Brooks said.

Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Garth ended saying, "We can't start living until we rise above the narrows of our own individualistic concerns, and focus on the broader concerns of all humanity."

Brooks joins an already long list of celebrity appearances and performances slated for this year's ceremony, titled Celebrating America, which will be broadcast live at 8:30PM ET.

Lady Gaga will provide National Anthem duties and will be followed by performances from Jennifer LopezJon Bon JoviJustin TimberlakeDemi LovatoAnt Clemons, as well as Foo FightersJohn Legend, and Bruce Springsteen. The night's host will be the incomparable Tom Hanks.

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