Kelly Clarkson’s unforgettable performance at the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors left the audience in awe, especially Garth Brooks. As a frequent guest on Kelly’s show, the two share a deep love for country music and a strong friendship. When the organizers of the awards show asked Kelly to perform “The Dance” with Garth, she couldn’t have been more excited. The song holds a special meaning for both of them, as it helped Garth get over his divorce and even inspired Kelly’s upcoming album.
The lyrics of “The Dance” convey the message that it’s better to endure the hard endings in life than to miss out on the dance. Kelly’s slower rendition of the 1990 hit, accompanied only by a piano, was stunning, leaving the audience sitting respectfully. As the song drew to a close, Garth was seen wiping away tears before standing up and cheering for Kelly’s incredible performance.
Later in the show, other artists thanked Garth for his incredible talent, as his music has inspired many of their songs. James Taylor also sang Garth’s song “River.” Garth later posted a photo of himself standing next to James with a heartfelt caption expressing his gratitude and love for music.
Garth’s fans also expressed their gratitude for his wonderful songs that have touched their lives and helped them navigate the ups and downs of life. Kelly’s emotional rendition of “The Dance” brought Garth to tears and reminded everyone of the power of music to touch the soul.