For the second time, CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Eric Church seems to be expressing some thoughts about superstar Garth Brooks, and he used his performance of “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” in D.C. to share them.
Fans are aware that Garth walked away with the Entertainer of the Year Award at the CMA Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 13. He was up against favorites Carrie Underwood and Eric Church along with Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton. To the dismay of diehard Carrie and Eric fans, Garth took home the trophy.
Following the awards, Eric made a statement at his D.C. concert. After the second verse of the insanely popular and raucous honky-tonk hit, instead of singing “I don’t think Hank done it this way” for a second time, he instead sings, “I know Garth didn’t do it this way.” He then turned around and walked back to the drum riser.
Whatever Eric’s intention or agenda was with the comment is unknown, but we do know that this isn’t the first time the talented singer/songwriter has had a beef with Garth. At the 2017 CMA Awards, Garth, the now seven-time winner of the Entertainer of the Year trophy, lip-synced his performance of “Ask Me How I Know” during the show. Afterward in the press room, he admitted that he did it and nodded to his rigorous tour and appearance schedule that had included a performance the previous night.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Eric took issue with the method of presenting the song without actually singing. “So the winner of the biggest category of the night lip-synced in the biggest moment on the show?” Church says. “And I didn’t like his excuse at all.”
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Eric went on to say, “I felt like he was speaking for the other nominees. I can speak for myself – I’m not lip-syncing. If I can’t sing, I won’t sing, or I’ll sing badly. But at least you’ll get what you get.”
The “Some of It” singer was nominated for Entertainer of the Year in 2017 as well.