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Garth Brooks Removes Himself From The ‘CMA’ Entertainer of the Year Category

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 26: Inductee Garth Brooks performs during the Musicians Hall Of Fame 2016 Induction Ceremony & Show at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on October 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Garth Brooks won’t compete for “Entertainer of the Year” at the CMA Awards this year.

Brooks — a seven-time winner of the lauded country music honor, considered by many to be a top prize in the format — said Wednesday that “it’s time for somebody else to hold that award.”

He last won CMA “Entertainer of the Year” in 2019, when some in country music fandom argued passionately for Carrie Underwood or Eric Church be a first-time recipient of the award.

Some artists have expressed their thoughts about it:

Blake Shelton, 44, retweeted Wariner, 65, and added: “Agreed Steve…. He is Garth Brooks. GARTH BROOKS!!!”


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