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Garth Brooks Tested Negative For COVID Before Hugging Former Presidents At Inauguration

Garth Brooks has been catching some flak for shaking hands with and hugging former presidents and first ladies while maskless during last week's inauguration ceremony, but his rep told NBC's Today show that he had tested negative for COVID several times prior to the event, including right before hitting Capitol Hill.


Garth was there to sing an a cappella rendition of "Amazing Grace" after Joe Biden was sworn in as president.


Garth also apparently borrowed fellow performer Lady Gaga's glam squad to help him get camera-ready for the gig. He reached out to her on social media and thanked her for sharing her crew tweeting, “You were fabulous today and every day. A national treasure. Please tell Frederick and Miss Sarah thank you for me! They saved a cowboy today.” He's referring to Gaga's hairstylist Frederic Asprias and her makeup artist Sarah Tanno.