Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks / Facebook
Garth Brooks announced on the morning of July 29, 2020 that he is permanently removing himself from consideration for the CMA “Entertainer of the Year” Award.
Throughout the course of his career, Brooks has won the award for CMA “Entertainer of the Year” seven times: in 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2016, 2017 and 2019. He feels very lucky with the number seven, and thinks it’s time to let someone else take over.
Brooks told fans who were watching live on Facebook:
“You pretty much saw what happened after the CMAs, all the way through the new year. It got a little — it wasn’t fun, let’s put it that way. The last thing I want to do is seem ungrateful, but it’s time for somebody else to hold that award … ’cause they’re all out there busting their butts.”
Musician/songwriter Steve Wariner made a statement on Twitter:
“If you’ve ever seen @garthbrooks live, you know why he consistently wins Entertainer of the Year. There is no one as big as Garth, but more importantly, there is no one as kind.”
He finished off his tweet by saying,
“Garth, you are not just entertainer of the year, you are a legend forever and you earned it.”
Blake Shelton was quick to jump in and agree. “He is Garth Brooks. GARTH BROOKS!!!…Entertainer of the century.”
Even though Brooks removed himself from receiving the “Entertainer of the Year” award, he will remain in contention for all of the other CMA categories and for all ACM categories, as well.
Watch Brooks make the announcement in the video below.