Garth Brooks Withdraws Himself From Running For CMA ‘Entertainer Of The Year’ Race After 7 Wins – Country superstar Garth Brooks has pulled himself from consideration for the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards ‘Entertainer of the Year’ prize, conceding “it’s time for somebody else to hold that award.”
Garth Brooks Withdraws Himself From Running For CMA ‘Entertainer Of The Year’ Race After 7 Wins:
Garth Brooks — one of the world’s top-selling live entertainers across all genres and the highest-grossing touring artist out of Nashville last year — won’t compete for “Entertainer of the Year” at the Country Music Association Awards.
Brooks won the prestigious prize in 2019 (beating out Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton; watch video below), after having done so six previous times, in 2017, 2016, 1998, 1997, 1992 and 1991.
Garth Brooks, who last won CMA “Entertainer of the Year” in November, said during an online press conference Wednesday that he doesn’t want to be nominated in that category in any upcoming years as well.
Brooks, a seven-times recipient of the top country music honor, explained that a social media exchange nudged him to step aside after aggregating so much kudos.
“There’s one tweet in there that really stuck in my head,” the Grammy-winning country legend shared. “It said, ‘Hey, man. This guy, why doesn’t he just step down (and leave) the entertainer for the next generation?’”
To that, Garth Brooks replied, “100% agree.”
Garth Brooks Doesn’t Want To Win CMA “Entertainer Of The Year,” Country Music’s Top Prize:
“The last thing I want to do is seem ungrateful to the CMAs and everybody that has voted for us,” Garth Brooks continued. “We are officially pulling ourselves out of entertainer of the year. And my number is seven, you guys know that. And we feel very lucky with seven. And it’s time for somebody else to hold that award, know what that entertainer feels like. Because they’re all out there busting their butts.”
Brooks wanted to make the announcement before nominations rolled out for the 2020 awards.
“This is probably the perfect year for it,” He said. “It’s trying with all the love in the world to do something that I think is the right time to do it. It feels great, and I feel very grateful.”
Leading up to last year’s awards show, many people expected and hoped that Carrie Underwood would be the first woman to win entertainer of the year since 2011. But after a show that highlighted women all night, including having three female hosts, Garth Brooks walked away with the top prize.
Brooks said he too was shocked by the win last year and added, “This might be her year,” referring to Carrie Underwood.
The country music standout plans to indefinitely withdraw from “Entertainer of the Year” running and said he wants to focus on what’s important.
“Us as a nation dividing, trying to stitch that bond back, those are the important things right now,” the household country name continued.
During the pandemic, Garth Brooks has hosted a series of drive-in concerts, but he can’t wait to safely return to the stage with a live audience.
“I could do this for the next 100 years. I cannot wait to get out there,” Brooks said.
In an ideal situation, Garth Brooks said he would begin an “Entertainer of the Year Emeritus” era of his career. He proposed this idea to the CMA, but noted that the association can’t “can’t just create a title and give it to somebody, because they want to treat everybody fairly.”
“If I had my dream, that’s how we’d handle this situation right here,” Brooks said.
Voting for the 54th annual CMA Awards began last month.
If voting members nominated him in the first round, which has already been completed, he could end up on the second round ballot; the association begins distributing second round ballots to CMA members Friday, per its website.
After completion of the second round ballot they will have to decide whether to include him in the final nominations. Final ballot voting closes in October. Eligibility for the awards run July 1, 2019 to June 30.
The awards show is normally held in November in Nashville, Tennessee.