Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Share a Masked Kiss Ahead of the Billboard Music Awards
As he gears up to take the stage at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night (October 14), Garth Brooks shared a sweet, pandemic-approved moment backstage with his wife, fellow country star Trisha Yearwood.
In the first picture, Brooks poses in a doorway as he's waiting to take the stage presumably for rehearsal, guitar in hand. Along with the singer's trademark denim jeans and black cowboy hat, he's sporting a black face mask due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a second image, Yearwood joins him for a quick masked kiss, wearing a black face covering that matches her husband's.
Brooks shared the backstage photos on social media, along with a caption telling fans how excited he is for the ceremony on Wednesday night, where Brooks is the recipient of this year's coveted Icon Award.
"You're not going to believe who is presenting! And we brought ALL of you with us ... can I just say, y'all are going to look amazing on the show tonight!" he writes. "Thank you for the ride."
Brooks holds the distinction of being the first and only artist in history to be awarded eight RIAA Diamond-certified albums (signifying 10 million copies sold a piece), and he is also the No. 1 selling artist in the history of the United States, with 156 million albums sold in total. The singer shares the Icon Award with a very small, elite group of recipients, and he's the sole country artist of the bunch. Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey have previously received the honor.
In addition to accepting his award, Brooks will perform a medley of his greatest hits during the Billboard Music Awards. Kelly Clarkson will return in 2020 for her second year hosting the show, and she's also one of the performers scheduled to take the stage.
The show's all-genre lineup includes a couple more country acts, too. Kane Brown will perform with his "Be Like That" duet partners Swae Lee and Khalid, and Luke Combs will also appear on the stage. The 2020 BBMAs will air on NBC at 8PM ET.