Garth Brooks Accepts Icon Award, Unleashes Incredible Mash-Up Performance

by Jacklyn Krol
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Garth Brooks celebrated his career with a 2020 Billboard Music Awards performance that included all of his hits. The “Friends In Low Places” singer also took home the prestigious ICON Award.

The Performance From Garth Brooks

Brooks took the stage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday (October 14). He began with “The Thunder Rolls” holding his signature “G” guitar and backing band. He transitioned into “Callin’ Baton Rouge” before going into “The River.”

“Standing Outside The Fire” came next. “That Summer” and “Dive Bar” followed by “Friends In Low Places.” Finally, he closed the performance with “The Dance.” Virtual audiences from past concerts played on the big screen in the background. You couldn’t tell that Brooks was performing for an empty theatre.

What He Had to Say

Pop music icon Cher presented Brooks with the ICON Award. She said that he has redefined the country music genre. She sang his praises and noted his accomplishments. He sold more albums than any other solo artist in the United States.

“To Miss Cher, getting the ICON Award that you got makes me feel cool,” Brooks began. “Cool is never a word I would use to describe me.”

“If I had to thank one person or one entity it would be God Almighty,” he said. “Through him all things are possible.”

“If you talk about down here on this planet, Bob Doyle, the group from Nashville and L.A.,” he continued to thank. “To the love of my life Trisha Yearwood. To my three girls Taylor August, and Allie, I will love beyond my time on this planet.”

He concluded his speech by thanking country radio before addressing the fans. “And to all those people who fill those stands, thank you, thank you for my life,” he finished. He gave the imaginary crowd a hat tip before getting teary-eyed.

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