Garth Brooks Confirms He Lip Synced During CMA Awards

The Entertainer of the Year admits he lip synced his CMA Awards performance.

Garth Brooks performs at the CMA Awards | ABC/Image Group LA

The 51st CMA Awards ceremony concluded with Garth Brooks winning the award for Entertainer of the Year.

Many fans, however, are talking about a different moment from the show.

Earlier in the show, Garth Brooks performed his hit single “Ask Me How I Know.” Viewers immediately took to social media with accusations that he was lip-syncing.

Speaking to reporters backstage, Brooks confirmed the suspicion.

“We made a gametime call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync,” said. “And we decided to lip-sync it.”

The iconic country artist, who is coming off a stretch of concerts in Washington, confirms that he arrived at the CMA Awards sick — and with a struggling voice.

“My voice just isn’t going anywhere, and we wanted to represent country music the best we can,” added Brooks regarding his decision to lip-sync.

Written by Brian Cantor

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