It’s the biggest award of country music’s biggest night! CMA Entertainer of the Year 2016, presented by Taylor Swift (!!!), goes to Garth Brooks! Congratulations!
Congratulations, Garth Brooks! The Country Music Associations Award for Entertainer of the Year went to Garth for his incredible year of new releases, touring and amazing contributions to the country music community. The stakes were high in a strong group of of country music legends, but the king of country is so deserving of this honor.
Two-time Entertainer of the Year winner, Taylor Swift, 26, surprised everyone and came back to the CMA stage for the first time in several year to present Garth Brooks, 54, with this award! Taylor is one of 6 women to ever win the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award, and the only woman to win it TWICE! So special for her to grace us all with her presence after such a long absence!
At the 50th CMAs, Garth was up against Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban for the coveted title. No doubt, each and every artist had record years.
Garth Brooks is the world’s best-selling artist of all-time, ahead of Elvis and The Beatles. He is the only artist in music history to have released seven albums that achieved diamond certification — which means each album sold more than 10 million copies, according to the RIAA!
With iconic songs like “The Dance,” “The Thunder Rolls,” and “Standing Outside The Fire,” Garth had an incredibly successful career from his 1990 breakthrough until 2000. After a long, record-breaking career, Garth retired from recording and touring from 2001 to 2009. In 2009, he began a weekly residency show in Vegas, and by September 2014, Garth announced his comeback tour, The Garth Brooks World Tour. Most recently, he released his first single of his upcoming album Gunslinger, called “Baby Let’s Lay Down And Dance.” He’s also currently working on a Christmas duet album with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, 52, expected to release in late November.
In his sweet acceptance speech, a shocked and excited Garth bellowed, “We are so damn lucky to be part of this thing called country music!” That’s right!
HollywoodLifers, are you happy that Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year? What do you think of Taylor Swift’s CMA return?!