Garth Brooks withdrew from the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards for Entertainment of the Year awards this year, winning him seven times.
“It’s time for someone else to hold the award,” he told a news conference on Wednesday, The Tennessean reported.
The 58-year-old Brooks last won the award in 2019, beating fellow country musicians Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton. He admitted to making a decision on a tweeter that he couldn’t stop thinking about.
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“There’s one tweet that really got stuck in my head,”; Brooks said. “It said,‘ Hey, man. This guy, why doesn’t he just give up (and leave) an entertaining generation for the next generation? “I agree 100%.”
“The last thing I want to do seems ungrateful,” he added, “but it’s time for someone else to hold that award … because they’re all there.”
Brooks said: “With all the love in the world, we are officially withdrawing from the ‘Entertainer of the Year’.
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The 54th annual CMA award is still pending in Nashville in November. Voting began last month.
Brooks recently released a new song, “We Belong to üksteise,” which is his much-anticipated next album, Fun.
Hitmer said the album is done, but he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to release it during a pandemic.
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“I don’t want to be the guy trying to do something when everything hurts,” Brooks explained. “The album is ready. Just how to go out and advertise, be happy and have fun when everyone out there is fighting for their lives not only physically, but also fighting for their lives financially?”