However, Brooks admits the criticism he faced online for dominating the top category once again irked him, and now he wants to make way for another generation of country artists to have a chance at landing the coveted award.
Despite wanting the Country Music Association to no longer consider him, the organization released a statement saying that entertainers cannot withdraw from consideration.More news: Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies at 74 from coronavirus complications
Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Famer Garth Brooks announced this morning that he is removing himself from consideration for the top award, Entertainer of the Year, at the annual Country Music Association Awards.
Brooks noted in this morning's virtual presser that seven is his lucky number. The latter two are past winners of the CMA's Entertainer of the Year Award, but 2005 American Idol victor Underwood is 0-for-2 in her nominations.
Brooks won the prestigious prize in 2019 (beating out Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton; watch video below), after having done so six previous times, in 2017, 2016, 1998, 1997, 1992 and 1991.More news: Twitter Restricts Donald Trump Jr.'s Account Over COVID-19 Misinformation
Garth received a lot of backlash from fans previous year, who had hoped that Carrie Underwood or Eric Church would win.
Brooks said he too was shocked by the win last year and added, "This might be her year", referring to Underwood.
It remains to be seen if Brooks will end up on the 2020 ballot, as the first round of voting has already been completed, with the second of three nomination forms due to be sent to voters on Friday. The awards show is normally held in November in Nashville, Tennessee.More news: Oprah Winfrey Sets New Interview Series at Apple