Country star Trisha Yearwood was just about to perform the National Anthem before Game 6 of the Western Conference final between the Predators and the Anaheim Ducks, when news of the terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in England broke.
The next morning, Yearwood stopped by Today to share her thoughts on that emotional moment in Nashville as well as the atrocity abroad.
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“Everybody in there was singing. It was very powerful,” Yearwood recalled to hosts Hota Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, adding that she always gets “really tingly” whenever she sings the words “home of the brave.”
Yearwood said she’s sad and frustrated by the suicide attack that killed 22 and wounded 59 more on Monday night in Manchester, England. “I think music is that place—it’s a healer. It’s the place where people go to escape the things in their life they want to get away from. And that’s what makes me saddest,” she shared. “Especially with Ariana Grande and those little girls who just want to go hear her sing. They’re just in there having the time of their lives, just trying to have fun.”
She went on: “I’m frustrated and I’m sad and I’m upset for the families and the victims. I’m also sad for Ariana because even though it has no bearing on her, it’s gotta be devastating.”