At the 2017 CMA Awards, Eric Church was among the nominees for Entertainer of the Year along with Garth Brooks. Church admits that losing to Brooks was a bummer — but going home without that trophy wasn’t what upset him most.
Brooks admitted that he’d lip-synced his performance at the event because his voice wasn’t up to a live performance.
“(BLEEP) that!” Church says. “And I didn’t like his excuse at all. 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.”
Besides, Church adds, Garth’s lip-synced performance sets a bad example for the next generation of young Country artists, many of whom idolize him.