Garth Brooks took residence high honors on the 51st Country Music Association Awards.
The “Friends in Low Places” singer was dubbed entertainer of the yr — for the second consecutive yr and for the sixth time total — Wednesday throughout nation music’s largest evening.
After former entertainer of the yr honoree Reba McEntire introduced him with the award, Brooks, 55, took the stage.
“Getting this presented to me by the entertainer of a lifetime, I thank you,” he stated, nodding at McEntire. “Miranda [Lambert] said it best, Little Big Town said it best — we’re a family. All you guys down here on the front row: We can all agree on one thing. Let’s all raise a toast. … to the band and crew. I was talking to Kelsea [Ballerini] backstage about how we get to do this for a living. … The most important thing other than God…is you [fans]. …I love you guys. We’re a family.”
The Nashville legend concluded his speech by sweetly acknowledging his spouse of practically 12 years — Trisha Yearwood, 55 — saying: “Ms. Yearwood, I am yours forever.”
After the present, Brooks took to Twitter to thank followers for his or her continued badist.
“You’ve made me really feel just like the EOTY all tour lengthy! Thank YOU!!! love, g
#CMAawards,” he wrote.
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The winner advised PEOPLE solely he plans to share the along with his spouse and crew.
“I’m taking it back to them. I get to be with the love of my life. They have to live without their families out there. They work their bades off,” he says.
Brooks’s win comes following a very busy couple of years for the star. The Garth Brooks Tour with Trish Yearwood — which kicked off in 2014 — will come to an finish in Nashville in December following 383 exhibits.
“After three years, getting to see home, it’s just like a beacon,” he advised reporters within the press room after the CMAs.
As for what he’s trying ahead to coming off life on the highway?
“Sleep. Christmas. Sleep. New Year’s Eve. Sleep,” Brooks quipped. “We’re going to three years — it was supposed to be a year and a half — three years, three months, 400 shows. I just think we’re all going to sleep for a while. We call it being wired and tired. We’re all exhausted, but at the same time you’re having the best time of your life and you don’t want it to end. So you’re naturally like this, you’re an emotional wreck, and feel very lucky that people are not only showing up in the numbers they’re showing up, but it’s the attitude in which they’re showing up that just makes you love them and never want to leave that stage. It’s so sweet.”
Brooks was in good firm, having been nominated alongside Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban for the 2017 title.
The 51st CMA Awards have been broadcast dwell on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. eight.