Garth Brooks Poses With James Taylor in Awesome Pic, Posts Moving Message Ahead of Kennedy Center Honors TV Special

by Keeli Parkey

The 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS tonight (Sunday, June 5). Ahead of the broadcast, Garth Brooks, one of this year’s honorees, shared a photo of him standing alongside another music legend.

That legend was James Taylor, who is also a Kennedy Center Honoree. He joined the elite club in 2016.

Brooks shared the photo on his Instagram account. In the accompanying caption, he offers his sincere gratitude for the award and to those who made it possible.

“I am humbled and grateful to EVERYONE that has celebrated this music over the years, this is OUR honor TOGETHER. To the singers and players who perform in the show tonight, thank you for making me fall in love with the music all over again. gratitude, respect, love, g #KCHonors,” Garth Brooks posted on Sunday.

James Taylor Shares His Thoughts About Garth Brooks

In a video shared by the Kennedy Center’s YouTube account, James Taylor shared a few of his thoughts about Garth Brooks.

“We’ve become friends over time,” Taylor said. “And, we have the music in common. We like each other’s stuff. So, we’ve had an opportunity to work together a couple of times; it’s really great. So, when I got the call that Garth was being honored, I signed up.”

Taylor also talked about what makes the country singer’s music so special.

“Garth’s music has like an emotional freight, particularly in front of an audience,” Taylor explained. “It’s just, the connection is really strong. Hen’s not 10 yards back from the front of his face, putting you through three or four different filters. He’s right there. He’s on the surface of himself. What I mean is he is he’s available. His enthusiasm is infectious. You catch it, and you want more.”

Taylor also said he believed the Kennedy Center Honors are important to the United States.

“It’s important, I think, that as a country, a nation, we acknowledge the importance of the arts because it’s really a big deal,” he explained.

You can watch James Taylor talk about Garth Brooks below:

One of the singers who took the stage during the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in tribute to Garth Brooks was Kelly Clarkson. She sang “The Dance,” which is one of his most moving songs. Clarkson’s performance moved him – and pretty much everyone else.

In addition to Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, Joan Baez, Debbie Allen, and Midori will also be honored. The 43rd Kennedy Centers Honors will air on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It will also be available to stream on the CBS app, as well as on Paramount+.