Garth Brooks won’t compete for CMA Entertainer of the Year award

Garth Brooks won’t compete for CMA Entertainer of the Year award
Posted at 10:54 AM, Jul 31, 2020

Garth Brooks has decided it’s someone else’s turn to win the Entertainer of the Year award from the Country Music Association Awards.

The announcement came during a Facebook Live on Brooks’ page during a remote press conference.

Brooks has won the award seven times.

"It's time for somebody else to hold the award and know what entertainer of the year feels like," he said.

He said after last year’s CMA ceremony, there was one tweet that really stuck with him.

"It said, 'Why doesn't he step down and have entertainer of the year be for the next generation’. I 100 percent agreed," Brooks said.

Brooks talked to the association about creating some sort of entertainer of the year emeritus.

However, the Country Music Association said they were unable to control who is nominated for which category. “It’s not our call, we can’t pull you out of an award” they reportedly told Brooks.

“We are going to do it ourselves. We are going to pull out from the entertainer of the year,” Brooks announced.

Brooks said he is not withdrawing from other categories or award shows, "I'm very competitive, the awards mean the world to me" Brooks said. "With Entertainer, we've been lucky enough to walk home with that several times, and it's someone else's time."

The nominations are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.