Garth Brooks opened the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards with a number of phrases honoring those that misplaced their lives within the tragic Borderline Bar & Grill capturing on Nov. 7.
“On behalf of our nation music group, I need to say that tonight’s present is lovingly devoted to the 12 people whom we misplaced far too quickly only a week in the past tonight on the Borderline in Thousand Oaks, California,” Brooks stated, referring to those that died after a gunman opened fireplace on the nation dance bar.
“Tonight, let’s have a good time their lives. Let the music unite us with love, and their enduring reminiscence,” Brooks concluded. He then invited everybody watching to affix him in a second of silence, and an “In Memoriam” listing of names was introduced on display.
Watch a clip of the emotional second above.