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HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Blame It All on Their Roots

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It’s not every day that Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) shake their maracas while House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Texas Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D) and Louie Gohmert (R) sing about beer chasing their blues away.But Members did just that on Wednesday night, belting out a rousing rendition of Garth Brooks’ country classic “Friends in Low Places” on stage at the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill event at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. The Recording Academy honored the country legend at its annual D.C. soiree (also honored were Issa and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), but the two Members were pretty much overshadowed by the chart-topping superstar). At the end of the awards ceremony, Members joined O.A.R. vocalist Marc Roberge and CBS newsman Bob Schieffer on stage to sing the Brooks classic beloved by barflies across the country.Brooks appeared wowed by the performance, giving the performers, who also included Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), a standing ovation and saying afterward that the Members put on a good show.And while Brooks has spent the past several years largely out of the spotlight, he made the rounds in D.C. on Wednesday: President Barack Obama presented Brooks with his Grammy award at the White House before he headed to the official ceremony. And Brooks graciously received the honor a second time, telling the Member-filled crowd: “I’m glad there are people who put up with the B.S. that you do.”Wednesday night’s celebration continues Thursday, as Grammy officials and advocates spend time on Capitol Hill to lobby Members on legislation requiring radio stations to give performers royalties for playing their music. Issa and Durbin are longtime supporters of the measure, the Performance Rights Act, which is among the reasons that they were honored by the academy.Producer Jimmy Jam and singer Sheila E. presented Durbin with his award, and Durbin promptly gave a shout-out to Conyers: “John Conyers is to good legislation like John Coltrane is to jazz.”

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