Blake Shelton Sounds Off: Garth Brooks Is the ‘Entertainer of the Century’

Blake Shelton is sharing his thoughts on Garth Brooks and the shocking announcement that Brooks is permanently removing himself from…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 29, 2020


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Blake Shelton; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Musicians On Call, Garth Brooksl Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Blake Shelton is sharing his thoughts on Garth Brooks and the shocking announcement that Brooks is permanently removing himself from the CMA Entertainer of the Year category.

Shelton chimed in with his opinion on Twitter after fellow artist Steve Wariner reacted to Brooks’ announcement on Twitter, writing, “If you’ve ever seen @garthbrooks live, you know why he consistently wins Entertainer of the Year. There is no one as big as Garth, but more importantly, there is no one as kind.”

Shelton concurred, Tweeting, “Agreed Steve…. He is Garth Brooks. GARTH BROOKS!!! I don’t give a s–t what anyone says. ANYONE. Entertainer of the century.”

Their exchange caught the attention of Brooks’ wife, Trisha Yearwood, who thanked them both for “always having my cowboy’s back!”

Brooks hosted a press conference on Wednesday morning to reveal that he is officially bowing out after seven wins in the CMA Entertainer of the Year category, telling members of the press “it’s time for somebody else to hold that award.”

He went on to share that the backlash he received following his big CMA win prompted his decision.

“You pretty much saw what happened after the CMAs, all the way through the new year. It got a little — it wasn’t fun, let’s put it that way,” Brooks acknowledged. “But there was one tweet that really stuck in my head,” he added, revealing that the Tweet suggested that he step aside and let someone else win.

He revealed that he “100-percent agreed” with the thought and shared that he does not want to “seem ungrateful.”

Blake Shelton and Garth Brooks are longtime friends and recently collaborated on the song “Dive Bar.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.