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Watch as Garth Brooks captivates an ACM Awards audience with this 1998 hit Country Tunes/YouTube screenshot
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There was an electricity in the air as Garth Brooks stepped onto the stage at the ACM Awards in 1999. The crowd began going nuts before he was even formally announced. And the dark backdrop behind him and the serious expression on his face let everyone know that this would be an unforgettable performance.

And nearly 18 years later, we still remember it.

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Garth went up on that stage that night to perform the old Bob Dylan song “To Make You Feel My Love.” Garth had recorded a version of the tune for the movie “Hope Floats,” whose soundtrack also included a version by none other than Trisha Yearwood. Garth’s cover went on to reach No. 1 on the country charts and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

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It was the perfect blending of artist and song – that’s for sure.

Of course, an amazing song tends to live on through the generations, and this one is no exception. Through the years, everyone from Adele to Bryan Ferry and Kelly Clarkson has covered the song. But there was just something about Garth’s emotional performance with those heart-wrenching lyrics that truly made it a masterpiece.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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