Garth Brooks has permanently taken himself out of the running for Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards. He has taken home the honor seven times throughout his career, and at a press conference via Facebook yesterday (Wednesday, July 29th), Garth shared the news with viewers saying “it’s time for somebody else to hold that award.”
Garth revealed that a tweet he read after winning Entertainer again in 2019 stuck with him. He said, “It said, ‘Hey, man. This guy, why doesn’t he just step down (and leave) the entertainer for the next generation?’ 100% agree.”
Garth officially asked the Country Music Association if it was possible to declare him CMA Entertainer of the Year Emeritus status, but they weren’t able to comply. He also asked to be removed from the voting ballot but the CMA said it’s the voting membership that decides the nominees and not the Association itself.
Ultimately, Garth has decided to remove himself and has made the voting membership aware of his desire for the nomination and the award to go to someone other than himself. The second round of eligible nominees will be announced today (Thursday, July 30th) and voting is set to begin on Friday (July 31st).
In other Garth news, he revealed during the press conference that it was his youngest daughter, 24-year-old Allie, who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Garth said Allie’s husband works with him and his camp on a daily basis, which forced the need for everyone to be tested. According to Garth, Allie only had a mild case of the virus and she’s doing well.