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Dick Van Dyke, Garth Brooks, Debbie Allen & More Honored at Kennedy Center Honors 2021

Dick Van Dyke leans on his cane while arriving at the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony held at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Friday (May 21).

The 95-year-old legendary actor was honored at the ceremony, alongside Debbie Allen, Garth Brooks, Joan Baez and violinist Midori, for their contributions to the arts.

“Many years ago, I was the host of a similar event held, as I recall, in private with the Kennedy family,” Dick shared in a previous statement about the honor. “I saw the care with which the recipient was chosen from an impressive list of nominees. Since the creation of the Kennedy Center Honors, just over 200 have been honored with equal care. Being included in that small, illustrious group, is the thrill of my life.”

In addition to the honorees, Norm Nixon, Debbie‘s husband; Jasmine Jankelow-Harris, Joan’s granddaughter; Trisha Yearwood, Garth‘s wife; Charles Danziger, Midori‘s business partner; and Arlene Silver, Dick‘s wife were also in attendance with Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein and its president, Deborah Rutter.

The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors, hosted by Gloria Estefan, will air on June 6 on CBS.

The event will also be available to stream on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.

45+ pictures inside of Dick Van Dyke, Garth Brooks, Debbie Allen, Midori and Joan Baez

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Garth Brooks Says His 'Queen' Trisha Yearwood Has Tested Positive For Coronavirus

Garth Brooks has revealed that wife Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for coronavirus.

The country couple’s team shared a note from the duo on Facebook, revealing the news.

The note shared that Garth and Trisha have been “quarantining at home on the heels of a recent positive Covid test by a member of their team” and that while Trisha tested positive, Garth‘s own test came back negative.

“The Queen and I have now tested twice,” Garth said. “Officially, she’s diagnosed as ‘on her way out of the tunnel’ now, though, which I’m extremely thankful for.”

Severe winter weather in Tennessee prevented the couple from getting tested until almost a week after their initial exposure; once they did, they continued to quarantine together.

He continued, “Anyone who knows me knows my world begins and ends with Miss Yearwood, so she and I will ride through this together, and anyone who knows her knows she’s a fighter and she’s been doing everything right, so I know we’ll walk out the other side of this thing together.”

The couple’s team also shared that Trisha is doing okay and is dealing with symptoms of the contagious virus.

“She’s tough. She’s stronger than me,” Garth added. “If anyone asks, that’s [say a prayer] what you can do for her. That’s what I’m doing. Living with her, I sometimes take it for granted she’s one of the greatest voices in all of music, so the possible long-term effects on her concern me as her husband and as a fan.”

Last year, Garth and Trisha had to go into quarantine after exposure from another person.

The duo were also at the forefront of virtual entertainment and brought mini concerts to their fans from their home studio.

Garth Brooks Performs 'Amazing Grace' at 2021 Presidential Inauguration

Garth Brooks is celebrating Joe Biden‘s inauguration!

The 58-year old country music superstar performed a powerful acapella rendition of “Amazing Grace” during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.

Garth asked the audience to join him in singing the song’s final lines. “I’m going to ask you to sing this verse with me,” he said. “Not only the people here but the people at home, those at work. As one, united.”

The message echoed his statement earlier this week when he announced he had been booked for the performance.

“In our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity,” Garth said during a virtual press conference. “This is kind of how I get to serve this country.”

“I’ve played for every president there is, since Carter, with the exception of Reagan. This is an honor for me to get to serve,” he added. “And it’s one of the things that, if my family is around, no matter who the president-elect is, it’s an honor to be asked.”

Garth had been asked to play at Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017, but declined due to a prescheduled tour date.

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Garth Brooks to Perform at Biden's Inauguration, Was Asked to Perform at Trump's in 2017

Garth Brooks has been added to the performers lineup for Joe Biden‘s inauguration this week!

The 58-year-old country singer, who is a Republican, says that his appearance at the inauguration will be about unity.

“In our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity,” Garth said during a virtual press conference. “This is kind of how I get to serve this country.”

“I’ve played for every president there is, since Carter, with the exception of Reagan. This is an honor for me to get to serve,” he added. “And it’s one of the things that, if my family is around, no matter who the president-elect is, it’s an honor to be asked.”

Brooks was previously asked to perform at Donald Trump‘s inauguration in 2017, but he blamed his absence on a prescheduled tour date.

“I might be the only Republican at this place, but it’s about reaching across and loving one another,” he said about being at Biden‘s inauguration (via Deadline).

See the lineup of performers that has already been announced!

Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, & More Among Kennedy Center Honors 2021 Recipients!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2021 honorees!

Five honorees were selected to receive the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements, the organization announced on Wednesday, January 13.

This year’s honorees are choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, singer-songwriter Garth Brooks, actor Dick Van Dyke, singer-songwriter Joan Baez, and violinist Midori.

The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors will be held from May 17 to May 22. Due to COVID restrictions, The Kennedy Center is planning for in-person medallion ceremonies with a limited audience, along with several virtual events. However, plans may change depending on the state of the pandemic in the spring.

“This past year has taught us many things, including the need to be flexible and adaptable,” Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement via THR. “They say necessity is the mother of all invention. The unusual circumstances inspired and opened up new ways for us to present a deeper experience, and hopefully understanding, of the art and lifetime work of our Honorees. 2020 has also shined a bright light on the impact of how art and culture speak to our collective human experience. It can meet us at any moment and sustain us during the most challenging days.”

CBS will be airing a primetime special of The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors on June 6th.

Kelly Clarkson Covers 'Shallow' on Her Talk Show Alongside Garth Brooks! (Video)

This isn’t the first time that Kelly Clarkson has performed “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, but she has someone very special by her side this time!

The 38-year-old Grammy-winning superstar performed the Oscar-winning song on the latest episode of her talk show, on which Garth Brooks was the special guest.

During Kelly and Garth‘s jam session, she raved about his rendition of “Shallow,” which he did with wife Trisha Yearwood. So, he insisted that they do it together!

Sadly, Kelly didn’t do the final verse with the big ending, but you can go watch her past performance to see her belt out those big notes.

Kelly revealed during the interview that one of Garth‘s songs has been helping her through her divorce with estranged husband Brandon Blackstock.

Kelly Clarkson Reveals That This Garth Brooks Song Is Helping Her Through Her Divorce With Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson has named the Garth Brooks song that’s helping her go through her divorce with Brandon Blackstock.

During the December 14 episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the 38-year-old singer had Garth as a guest on the talk show and before he performed, Kelly opened up to him about how his song, “The Dance”, has been a positive impact on her life in the current moment.

“So I’m going through a divorce and there’s been like a lot of books and people always give you stuff to like help, especially when you have kids and stuff,” Kelly explained on the show. “And I know you’ve been divorced as well. It’s like, man, there’s so much shame and guilt, and everybody sends you stuff, and I was just kind of working through it.”

She continued, “I couldn’t quite nail down the feeling, I was like, you don’t want to crap on it, you don’t want to say that didn’t count or matter, but you don’t know what to put in it because it didn’t work out how you wanted,” she continued. “I kid you not, I was listening to my playlist and ‘The Dance’ came on and I was like, that’s the thing.”

Kelly also revealed to Garth that “The Dance” even inspired a brand new song on her upcoming album, and promised him it’s not “a ripoff.”

“I literally wrote this whole thing therapeutically for me. It’s actually on my next album,” Kelly shared, before singing a line of it.

Kelly added about how Garth‘s song has resonated with her for many years but she never truly related to it the way she does now.

“I was bawling,” she said, “because it is true, there’s a lot of loss, a lot of grief and a lot of change, especially if you have kids.”

“All the books were helpful…it’s so funny, I guess because I’m a musician, I was listening in my room [crying] and I was listening to ‘The Dance,’ I got the point,” Kelly added. “Sometimes that’s so crazy … you’ve known this song your entire life and you freak out when it actually is a direct impact.”

Kelly and Brandon‘s divorce is getting a bit messier, as he is now asking for a lot in spousal support from her. She has also hit back with claims that he defrauded her throughout the years as well.

However, Kelly has been awarded primary custody of their two children together, River and Remington.

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