The Outfit Garth Brooks Wore At The Inauguration Is Raising Eyebrows

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States was notable for many reasons, and its star-studded roster only made it all the more memorable. Musical acts such as Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks took the stage to perform at the Jan. 20, 2021 event.

Two days before the inauguration, Brooks revealed in a Zoom press conference that he'd be singing at the ceremony. According to People, he mentioned that he's "played for every president there is, since [Jimmy] Carter, with the exception of [Ronald] Reagan." As Newsweek noted, the country music legend turned down Donald Trump's request to appear at the 2017 inauguration, but the singer clarified that the decision had to do with a scheduling issue, not politics. 

During the Zoom presser, the "The Thunder Rolls" singer joked about not identifying as a Democrat. "I might be the only Republican at this place but it's about reaching across and loving one another," he said (via Esquire). He mentioned joining the event as a way to hopefully promote "unity" not only between political parties, but within the country as a whole. As Newsweek reported, Brooks also revealed why he supports Biden's administration: "The message they're pushing is unity, and that's right down my alley, man. If we're gonna get anywhere, we're gonna get there together."

The Oklahoma native's attire caught the attention of many viewers as he took the stage.

Garth Brooks went with a casual look for the inauguration

Prior to the inauguration, Garth Brooks clarified that he was not performing with any political affiliation. "It's not Republican or Democrat. It's a leader for whom I am the civilian of the greatest country on the planet," he stated (via Esquire). The music icon kept it simple and performed an a cappella version of "Amazing Grace," which he infused with a touch of his country flair. Just before starting the last verse, Brooks beckoned the crowd to accompany him in song. "I'm gonna ask you to sing this last verse with me," he said, "Not just the people here, but the people at home, at work — as one — united."

And as for the outfit he picked out for said appearance? Brooks wore a black blazer with a black buttoned-up shirt underneath, his signature black cowboy hat, brown boots, and a pair of blue jeans with a large belt buckle. Multiple viewers were moved not by the country star's performance, but by his low-key wardrobe choice. "Garth Brooks really did show up in jeans to a black tie affair," one Twitter user wrote. "Now that Garth Brooks has broken the seal, I will wear jeans to all future inaugurations," another added.

Oh, people on Twitter weren't done. "Garth Brooks is the Beyoncé of Wrangler Jeans America," one viewer tweeted. "If Garth Brooks can wear jeans to the inauguration I can wear leggings to work after covid," another declared. And the Twitter rolls, and the zingers strike.