Country superstar Garth Brooks announced Monday during a press conference he’ll perform during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony Wednesday.
“This is a great day in our household. This is not a political statement. This is a statement of unity. That’s pretty much it,” the County Music Hall of Famer said. “And…just excited, nervous, all the good things because this is history, and it’s an honor to get to serve. […] Our father served as a U.S. Marine, and in the Korean War had brothers that served in the Air Force and Army, and this is my chance to serve.”
Brooks will join a celebrity lineup including Tom Hanks, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake and more.
“I’ve played for every president there is, since Carter, with the exception of Reagan,” the singer added. “This is an honor for me. 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.”
He previously performed during Barack Obama’s ceremony in 2008, missing Donald Trump’s in 2016 due to The Garth Brooks World Tour with his wife and fellow star Trisha Yearwood.
“My job is pretty simple. My job is when they point to me, to get to do what I was put down here on this Earth to do and that’s sing music in a celebration in an honorable day in this country where the new president takes over,” Brooks said of his performance to come.