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Garth Brooks says he’s open to performing at Trump’s inauguration

Emily Heil

President-elect Donald Trump’s polarizing politics might be limiting his inaugural committee’s choices for performers who would serenade the incoming GOP president.

(Beyonce almost certainly won’t be reprising her rendition of “At Last,” to which President and Michelle Obama danced in 2009.) But at least one A-list musician would take the call. Country crooner Garth Brooks told TMZ on Thursday that he’d perform if asked.

“It’s always about serving,” Brooks said, when the site’s cameraman (who caught the “Friends in Low Places” singer during what appeared to be a rehearsal for Thursday night’s tree-lighting ceremony on the Mall) pressed him on whether he’d sign up for the Trump-tastic celebration in January. “It’s what you do.”

Interesting that Brooks, who didn’t publicly endorse a candidate in the election, framed the inaugural gig as a kind of politics-free patriotic honor – and it will be even more interesting if other artists do, too.

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