A seven time champion at anything can be considered a dynasty.
Seven time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year winner Garth Brooks has decided that seven is the magic number and no longer wishes to have his name entered as a nominee for one of the biggest awards in Country Music.
Brooks won his seventh Entertainer of the Year award in 2029 beating out lone female nominee Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban.
Brooks noted that he made the decision after seeing a tweet asking why didn’t he bow out and let the next generation have a chance. However, Brooks stated that he is competitive and has no issue with being on the ballot in other categories.
During his career, Brooks has filled a room with awards that include two Grammy Awards, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and is the only artist to have eight albums certified with the Diamond Award for selling at least 10 million copies in the United States. The RIAA – Recording Association of America has Brooks listed as a top solo artist for selling 156 million albums in the U.S.
During a press conference the Country icon said, “with all the love and gratefulness in the world, we are officially pulling ourselves out of entertainer of the year. With number seven we feel very lucky, it’s time for someone else to feel what that feels like. These awards mean the world to me. I just feel like it’s someone else’s turn.”
When Brooks approached the CMA about removing his name, they said they could not do anything. The CMA also noted that according to the rules an artist can not remove their names from the ballot. Ultimately the decision will be up to the voters.
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