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Garth Brooks sang “Amazing Grace” outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, moments after Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president.
The country music star joins a slate of celebrities — Lady Gaga, Garth Brooks, Tom Hanks, among others — for a scaled down, largely virtual inauguration celebration.
Ahead of his performance, Brooks said the opportunity to perform on Inauguration Day was a chance “to serve,” adding that his presence was “not a political statement.” Instead, echoing a prevailing theme of Biden’s inauguration celebration, Brooks said he was making a “statement of unity.”
Brooks previously performed at the Capitol in 2009, for then-President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. Biden was sworn in that day as vice president.
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Joshua Barajas is the arts editor for the NewsHour. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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