Garth Brooks Explains Why He Withdrew from CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year Category

by Atlanta Northcutt

Country superstar Garth Brooks is being more than humble while withdrawing from the Country Music Association’s entertainer of the year.

After winning the highly-coveted award seven times, Brooks believe it’s time to give the opportunity to newer, rising country music artists.

Brooks’ Concern for Upcoming Country Artists

Brooks, 58, explained his decision during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“It’s time for somebody else to hold the award and know what Entertainer of the Year feels like,” he says.

Brooks will withdraw from his nomination at the 2020 CMAs award’s ceremony; however, all else will continue as planned.

But removing himself from consideration won’t just be for this year’s awards ceremony. Brooks’ decision stands for all future award’s shows, as well.

Caring for Carrie

The “Friends in Low Places” singer says part of his thought process is due to backlash following the expected win of a fellow singer. Carrie Underwood lost her first award in said category, and many were expecting Underwood to take home the award.

Brooks, who won the top prize in November, said during an online press conference Wednesday, he doesn’t want to be nominated in that category in any upcoming years as well.

“We feel very lucky with seven,” he said.

Brooks said following his win last year, he read criticism online that said he should step down from the category.

“It made winning entertainer of the year not that fun to tell you the truth,” he said, although he repeatedly said he was thankful of the awards he received.

Brooks says he too was shocked by the win last year and added, “This might be her year,” referring to Underwood.

Brooks’ Last CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year

Reese Witherspoon presents the 2019 CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year to Garth Brooks at the 2019 County Music Association.

Brooks was in line to win Entertainer of the Year, along with great artists Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. . “This is very sweet” says Brooks during his acceptance speech where praising Reba MceEntire and Kelsea Ballerini

Before ending the statement with thanking all staff, crew and fans, Brooks added, “Luke Combs, wherever you’re at, this has got your name on it in the future, haus. I can tell you that right now.”

Brooks ended his final acceptance speech for CMA Entertainer of the Year by stating “God! I love you!” and shouting a final “I love you” to wife Trisha Yearwood.