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Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood at concert. She says yes before 7,000 fans

It's been a big month for surprise marriage plans for country stars and their celebrity sweethearts. Two weeks after the secret nuptials of Kenny Chesney and Renée Zellweger, Garth Brooks surprised protégé and longtime girlfriend Trisha Yearwood — and about 7,000 concertgoers — when he got down on one knee and popped the question during a performance Wednesday in Bakersfield, Calif. She said yes, according to the Associated Press. The marriage will be the second for Brooks, 43, and the third for Yearwood, 40.

Yearwood launched her country career in 1989 as a Brooks backup singer. Since then, she's been a consistent hitmaker, while Brooks' own multiplatinum career has slowed in recent years. Still, it was Brooks who was being honored on Wednesday with a bronze statue in his likeness, one of 10 unveiled at a ceremony at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. It was after Brooks' bronze was displayed — alongside those of fellow country titans Owens, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, George Jones, and George Strait — that he proposed to Yearwood. The crowd went wild, AP reported. No word on when or where the wedding will take place, or whether Brooks' reclusive pal, goateed alt-rocker Chris Gaines, will be best man.

Originally posted May 26, 2005
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