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Garth Brooks Withdraws from CMA Entertainer of the Year Voting — What Happened?

Lois Oladejo
Jul 30, 2020
11:20 A.M.
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Garth Brooks is making the headlines as he pulled out from this year's CMA Awards, where he earned the Entertainer of the Year nomination. Here are the details and reasons for his actions.


Brooks is one of the biggest stars of country music. Over the years, his consistency, and flawless performance of the art has earned him the hearts of many, as well as the recognition of the entertainment industry.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks attend "Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On" Biography Celebration at The Bowery Hotel on November 18, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks attend "Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On" Biography Celebration at The Bowery Hotel on November 18, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


A few hours ago, the iconic singer declared that he would not involve himself in the famous Country Music Association Awards this year.

His name is among the nominees of the "Entertainer of the Year" category. This is a category he has won seven times in his career. During a virtual interview, the 58-year-old explained his reasons. He said:

"It's time for somebody else to hold the award. With all the love in the world, we are officially pulling ourselves out of Entertainer of the Year."


The singer mentioned that after his last win in 2019 in the same category, he paid attention to country music fans and realized that other prominent younger artists like Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton have never bagged home the award.

His announcement came after he approached the Country Music Association and requested for an "Entertainer of the Year Emeritus" title. The request was denied, along with an exemption from the ballot for the category.

A few days after Allie's diagnosis, Brooks and Yearwood took the necessary caution by first quarantining.


Some incredible country artists also took to social media to express their thoughts on the issue. Steve Wariner and Blake Shelton wrote that Brooks will forever retain the spot due to his personality and performances, whether he gets the award in hand or not.

Brooks has always shown his appreciation to fans and has praised other entertainers in his field. He has also given due credit to his family.


The country crooner is married to Trisha Yearwood, another prominent singer, and they share three daughters. When he won the "Entertainer of the Year" award last year, he shared a sweet tribute to his family.

Earlier in the month, Allie Brooks, one of his daughters, was diagnosed with mild novel coronavirus, but thankfully due to her family's support, she got the required treatment, and the father of three recently reported that his daughter's health is outstanding.

A few days after Allie's diagnosis, Brooks and Yearwood took the necessary caution by first quarantining, then testing themselves.

In June, the country music star announced that he is set to entertain his fans with about 300 drive-in concerts. This proves that he is always thinking of creative ways to perform for his fans, even amid a deadly virus.

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