Country Throwback: Garth Brooks Belts ‘People Loving People’ at 2014 AMAs

by Quentin Blount
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Country music legend Garth Brooks performed his hit song “People Loving People” back in 2014 at the AMA’s in this edition of our country throwback series.

Prior to his performance, a lot of media attention went to Garth Brooks and there were rumors of him turning in a “rare” live performance during the 2014 American Music Awards. And he most definitely did not disappoint — the resurrected country star sang his new single “People Loving People” live via satellite from Greensboro, North Carolina.

The country star had his audience hyped up, clapping and singing along as he moved around the stage singing the feel-good lyrics.

“People loving people / That’s the enemy of everything that’s evil.”

Luke Bryan introduced Brooks’ performance. Earlier in the show, Bryan was the recipient of the award for Favorite Male Artist over the likes of country staples Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. Meanwhile, Brooks appeared on a stage set at the Greensboro Coliseum to perform the debut track from his comeback album Man Against Machine.

Garth Brooks was just wrapping up the last of a five-night stand. As a result, the audience in Greensboro joined in with the singer in the song’s “whoa oh oh” chorus. Watch the epic performance below:

Although we can’t be sure how the audience at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the AMAs’ home, would have responded to Brooks’ performance, it did offer a glimpse into his consistently sold-out concert tour.

“People Loving People” was written by Busbee, Lee Thomas Miller, and Chris Wallin. The song addresses problems in the world. It suggests the only solution to these problems is, as stated in the chorus, “people loving people/That’s the enemy of everything that’s evil.”

Brooks’ hit song debuted and peaked at No. 19 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart.

Garth Brooks Named Artist of the Decade at AMA’s 21 Years Ago Today

It was no doubt one of Brooks’ biggest moments in his career. It came in 2000 when the American Music Awards named him as its “Artist of the Decade.”

Garth Brooks is without question one of the most accomplished country music artists to ever step on stage. He has gotten recognition from practically every country music faction, including two Grammy Award wins. Brooks has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and also has awards from the Academy of Country Music and Billboard Music. He is one of the top-selling artists of all time and is in the Country Music Hall-of-Fame and Songwriters Hall-of-Fame. 

Meanwhile, the 58-year-old Brooks doesn’t seem like he is slowing down any time in the near future. The “Thunder Rolls” and “If Tomorrow Never Comes” singer put out new music just last year with his latest album “Fun.”

The album features 15 tracks and includes a collaboration with his wife, Trisha Yearwood. He also works with fellow country star Blake Shelton. Late country artist Charley Pride is also on the album in “Where the Cross Don’t Burn.

For more on Garth Brooks being Artist at the Decade at the AMA’s 21 years ago, check out our recent “On This Day” article.

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