Garth Brooks withdraws from CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year category

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Musician Garth Brooks poses in the press room with the award for entertainer of the year at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Garth Brooks, the reigning CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year, will not be considered for the top prize at this year’s ceremony, the country superstar said Wednesday morning.

Brooks, who has won the award seven times, told an audience of thousands on Facebook Live that he made the decision to withdraw his name from the category. He said he wanted to give another artist the opportunity to win the coveted honor.

No date has been set for the 2020 CMA Awards, but longtime host Carrie Underwood has said she will not emcee this year’s ceremony.

Brooks also announced Wednesday morning that he is interested in opening a bar on Broadway. He plans to do so in the next few years.

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