Garth Brooks shared a message of togetherness at President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE's inauguration, asking the country to join him in singing "Amazing Grace" so Americans can be "as one, united."

The country music star performed an abbreviated, a cappella rendition of the hymn on Wednesday.

Wearing a black ensemble with a cowboy hat and boots, Brooks requested that the inaugural audience sing a verse of the song along with him.


"Not just the people here," Brooks said, "but the people at home, at work. As one, united."

Following his performance, Brooks doled out hugs to many political figures in the crowd, including former President Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series White House defends Biden's 'Neanderthal thinking' remark on masks MORE, former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' Michelle Obama on conversations with her daughters: 'Me and Barack, we can't get a word in' Michelle Obama offers advice with release of young readers' edition of 'Becoming' memoir MORE and former President George W. Bush.

Brooks, 58, said in remarks to reporters ahead of the inauguration, "This is not a political statement."

"This is a statement of unity," the entertainer said, noting he has performed for nearly every commander in chief since President Carter.