Music City Minute: Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker

Garth Brooks has permanently pulled himself out of contention for CMA Entertainer of the Year. He made the announcement yesterday during a press conference on Facebook Live. He's won the award seven times.

He said, "Today we humbly ask with all the gratefulness and love in the world, we are going to [pull] ourselves out of Entertainer of the Year."  

He got the idea last year after he won the award, and then started seeing the backlash on social media. A lot of people thought Carrie Underwood got robbed, while others believed it was time for Eric Church to get his due. 

Garth added, "There was one Tweet that stuck in my head, that said, 'Hey man. This guy, why doesn't he step down… and just have the Entertainer of the Year for the next generation'… and I 100% agree.

"[It's] time for somebody else to hold that award and know what Entertainer feels like, because they're out there busting their butts… and this is probably the perfect year for it." 

There is a problem. According to CMA rules, you can't just remove your name from the balloting process. Garth probably knew this because he tried to convince them to start an Entertainer of the Year Emeritus Award. They said that's not possible.

Here's another wrinkle: There's already been one round of voting this year, and if he makes the cut he HAS to be on the second ballot, and voting for that starts tomorrow. He's hoping his announcement will convince people to NOT vote for him.

I guess we'll know for sure in a few weeks when the final nominations come out. By the way, Garth did say he'll accept nominations in other CMA categories. The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air in November on ABC.

Luke Combs ya’ll!! His majestical voice has been used for good again in a cover of Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” he shared the video on Facebook yesterday. Just a reminder if you missed his livestream Friday, he posted the entire thing on his Instagram complete with the timestamps of the songs he sang.

He also shared a cover of Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

This is your friendly reminder there are TWO livestreams you don’t want to miss tonight! Brett Eldredge teamed up with Chase to play some songs off of his new album Sunday Drive – you can check it out at 7pm on Facebook.

Darius Rucker and friends continues this year in a livestream event from the Grand Ole Opry benefitting St. Jude’s, tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

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