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Garth Brooks has officially taken himself out of the running for Entertainer of the Year. Here’s why

‘Entertainer of the Year’ is seen as one of the top awards a country music performer can earn. Brooks first won in 1991 and then again in 1992, 1997, 1998, 2016, 2017 and 2019

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Garth Brooks performs his first of four shows at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Brooks recently announced he has removed himself for consideration for this year’s “Entertainer of the Year” award.

Chris Samuels, Deseret News

Garth Brooks has been named “Entertainer of the Year” a record seven times.

But this year, the country superstar has taken himself out of the running for the big Country Music Association award — although he’s not withdrawing from other CMA categories.

“It’s time for somebody else to hold that award,” Brooks said during a press conference on Wednesday, according to Fox News.

“Entertainer of the Year” is seen as one of the top awards a country music performer can earn. Brooks first won in 1991 and then again in 1992, 1997, 1998, 2016, 2017 and 2019, according to Billboard.

Brooks’ decision comes after the backlash over his win last year, when he beat out fellow performers Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban — according to Billboard, there was an expectation that Underwood, the first woman to be nominated in the category in three years, would win.

Since then, Brooks said one tweet in particular stayed with him.

“There’s one tweet in there that really stuck in my head,” Brooks said Wednesday. “It said, ‘Why doesn’t he step down and have entertainer of the year be for the next generation.’ I 100% agreed. So with all the love in the world and all the gratefulness because the last thing I want to do is seem ungrateful to the CMAs and everyone who’s voted for us, we’re officially pulling ourselves out of entertainer of the year.”

According to The Tennessean, though, CMA’s longstanding voting rules “do not allow organizers to pull artists from the balloting process.”

Voting began in June, and the second round of voting will begin on Friday. If Brooks was nominated in the first round, he could still potentially be nominated for — and win — entertainer of the year. The decision is in the hands of the CMA’s 7,000 voting members, according to The Tennessean.

“We look forward to seeing who our members vote for when ‘The 54th Annual CMA Awards’ air on ABC in November,” the CMA said in a statement.