The night may have been all about the ladies, but Entertainer of the Year was awarded to the one and only Garth Brooks. Stepping into country music history as the only artist to have won the award seven times.
Winning the prestigious award for the first time in 1991, Garth Brooks has continued to radiate with humility and grace. This year his acceptance speech was spent admiring the other fantastic performances and artists of the evening. “Always trying to call it like I see it. If they gave this award for this show tonight, I’d have to give it Reba McEntire’s performance for “Fancy.” Kelsea Ballerini, if you wanna know what an entertainer is, take a guitar and just a single voice in the middle of an arena and shrink a room…fantastic performance tonight. Luke Combs wherever you’re at, this has got your name on it in the future, I can tell you that right now.”
He went onto to thank his many team members that make what he does possible and wrapped it up with an enthusiastic thank you to the men and women behind the scenes that make it all possible, “To all the entertainers out here, let’s dedicate this to the band and crews that get out ass on the stage, down that road. And those people that show up and let us be entertainers.” Finally, the beloved artist tipped his hat and looked front and center at his wife of almost fourteen years and declared, “ I love you, Trisha Yearwood!”
This year has been epic for Brooks, touring North America on his massive stadium tour. Additionally, fans have been thrilled to see him in seven intimate shows during his Dive Bar Tour, tickets only being made available through the local radio stations. Once again, proving that this country superstar has never lost touch with his roots.
Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban were also nominated for the honor of Entertainer of the Year.