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BEST: Garth Brooks
There's a thin line of pandering and honoring "the men and women in the armed forces" in this advertising age where courting the troops is monetization. Brooks' single came from his latest album "Man Against Machine," and isn't just about the football star who goes to war: it lyrically addresses the sacrifice, the scars, and those who do not survive those "three tours of duty." Out came a somber line of soldiers from all branches of the U.S. military for the performance, and Brooks' manner was zero-schmaltz. Kinda congratulatory, but all well-meaning. - Katie Hasty