Garth Brooks Delivers Emotional Performance at ACM Awards

(Radio.com) For his performance Sunday at the 50th ACM Awards, Garth Brooks chose "All-American Kid," a new song written by Craig Campbell that appears on Brooks' 2014 album Man Against Machine.

It's a touching song that Brooks handled masterfully, keeping things low key but making sure the words--about a high school football hero who joins the military and then pays the ultimate price--cut right to the core.

The performance was given added poignancy, though, when it was introduced by Taya Kyle, the widow of the late Chris Kyle of American Sniper fame.

Adding drama to the performance, as Brooks was singing, a number of military members filed in through the audience, their faces stoic, as fireworks blasted off on the video screens and a section of the audience flipped cards to show a big, brilliant American flag. Read more here.

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