Six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks faced a slew of criticism following his performance at the CMA Awards when it was revealed he lip-synced his new hit single “Ask Me How I Know” on Nov. 8.
And despite the fact he took home the biggest award of the night, he found himself having to explain his actions, telling Fox News he felt he had no other choice due to the demanding tour schedule he was on, which had taken a toll on his voice:
“Right now we’re in the middle of 12 shows in 10 days. We’ve got four days [where] we’re doing two shows a day.”
Talking to reporters backstage, Brooks stated:
“We decided to lip-sync it because my voice just isn’t going anywhere, and we wanted to represent country music the best we can.”
Despite Brooks’s explanation, fans and performers attacked the longtime singer, including country singer Miranda Lambert, who commented on his performance, per E! News:
If you can’t sing then don’t. It’s better to be honest than to pretend. I think it’s bulls**t. My favorite performances were live live. The truth.
While Brooks may have some haters at the moment, there are two people who understand exactly where he came from, according to Country Music Nation.
Blake Shelton and Randy Travis recently took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter, defending Brooks: