Garth Brooks Says He "Left It Up to Karma" to Decide Whether to Sing at the Trump Inauguration

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteGarth Brooks confirms that his longtime friend and inaugural organizer Steve Wynn approached him about singing at President-elect Donald Trump’s ceremonies later this week, but ultimately, he “left it up to karma,” to decide what to do. 

In the end, the addition of three new concerts on his Cincinnati, Ohio run meant he wouldn't be able to play the festivities in Washington, D.C. anyway.

“I’m going to tell you, with this whole presidential thing, we’ve got one going out, pray for him and his family. And for the president going in, pray for him and his family to guide this nation,” Garth said during his weekly Monday evening Inside Studio G Facebook chats. “Let’s stay together. Love, unity, that’s what it’s all about.”

Since it was MLK Day, Garth went on to invoke the spirit of the slain civil rights leader.

“In the immortal words of Martin Luther King, the most durable thing that we’ve known is love. It will always be that way. Again, can’t thank the Obamas enough for serving this country, and may God hold Trump’s hand in the decisions that he makes in this country’s name as well.”

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Watch now: Florida Georgia Line says "Meant to Be" CMA Awards performance will be "super-powerful"

Watch now: Florida Georgia Line says "Meant to Be" CMA Awards performance will be "super-powerful"ABC/Kelsey McNeal"Meant to Be," Florida Georgia Line's record-breaking collaboration with Bebe Rexha, is nominated for Single and Musical Event of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards.  While the duo and Bebe have teamed up to perform "Meant to Be" at a number of other awards shows in the past year, FGL's Brian Kelley says the one they're doing Wednesday night will be the best yet.

"We've got a different type of performance scheduled. We've got a little surprise, a little different version of it, but it's gonna be super-powerful," Brian tells ABC Radio.

"We're just excited about getting out there, performing together," he adds. "We've done it a couple of times, but I think this'll be the best, this'll be the most powerful and we're just excited about seeing the faces of our friends and family and fans....seeing their reactions and [hearing] their thoughts."

Between the two categories in which the song's nominated, Tyler Hubbard knows which one he'd rather win: Single of the Year.

"I think that song just deserves some recognition," he tells ABC Radio. "I think it'd be cool to get up there and share a stage with Bebe -- just to share that moment, I think it'd be really special."

He adds, "That song's changed our life, all three of our lives, and it's just unexpected and very, very cool to see what that song's done this year and how it's connected with our fans and continued to inspire us." 

Tune in to see which trophies, if any, "Meant to Be" wins when the 52nd Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville on ABC Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

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