Eric Church slams Garth Brooks' lipsyncing at the CMA Awards: "F*** that. I didn't like his excuse at all"
Garth Brooks' performance at last year's CMA Awards landed him in a whirlwind of backlash. Although he defended his decision, Eric begs to differ.
Country singer Eric Church is in not in the mood to mince words. He says exactly what he thinks, especially when his contemporaries in the singing business decide to go down the path of lipsyncing. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the singer commented on the infamous Garth Brooks performance at the 2017 CMA awards saying, "f*** that". Brooks was the winner of the Entertainer of the Year award that evening and Church felt that what made the incident worse was the fact that he had bagged such a prestigious award the same night. "So the winner of the biggest category of the night lip-synced in the biggest moment on the show? F*** that! And I didn’t like his excuse at all," he said. He also added, "We don’t use machines. We use instruments."
Brooks, who crooned to his hit 'Ask Me How I Know' at the awards that were held in November. He later admitted to lipsyncing and said that he had no other choice as he had lost his voice during the time due to an array of performances back to back. "We’re in the middle of 12 shows in 10 days. Not 10 shows in 12 days, 12 shows in 10 days. We did a game-time call on whether to sing the track or lip-sync and decided to lip-sync. The voice just isn’t there anymore, and you want to represent country music as best you can," he had said at the time.
Church, commenting on his statement, said in the same interview, "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." Church was also nominated in the same category last year. He added, "It is and always will be a red line. It’s fabricated. I don’t want young artists thinking it’s OK, because it’s not."
Eric Church isn't the only one who had been irked by Brooks' performance and statement. Country star Miranda Lambert, at the time, took to Instagram to offer her two cents on the matter. "If you can’t sing then don’t. It’s better to be honest than to pretend. I think it’s b*******t. My favorite performances in the show were live. The truth." She had left her thoughts on R&B musician Anderson East's Instagram post, which also did not appear to appreciate the incident. He wrote "I keep a lot of my opinions to myself and respect anyone making music but as a person who tries to put on the best and most honest show I can night after night… this truly offends me. I was told country music is three chords and the truth."