“This is such a slap in the face.”
Look, Garth Brooks is great. But country music fans are downright outraged that he beat out Carrie Underwood for Entertainer of the Year at the 2019 CMAs.
Carrie was the only woman nominated in the category, and was up against Garth, Keith Urban, Eric Church, and Chris Stapleton. Many had hedged their bets on Carrie—including Miranda Lambert—considering she released her Cry Pretty album and has been on the Cry Pretty 360 tour all while managing a fitness brand, raising two babies, and writing a new book. But who’s keeping track?
The upset also comes during a year when the CMAs was all about celebrating women. In fact, Brad Paisley didn’t host for the first time in over a decade so that Carrie, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton could head up the night.
All of that to say, viewers at home are not thrilled.
CMAs: We love celebrating women in country music!
— Gibson Johns (@gibsonoma) November 14, 2019
“This is such a slap in the face. Not only to Carrie, but to the women of country music in general,” one person wrote. “So much for celebrating women tonight but you’re going to continue giving these awards to mediocre men.”
Others said they were “disappointed” and “angry” that the CMAs wasn’t showing Carrie respect. “I am ANGRY. No shame to Garth, but CARRIE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO WIN THAT AWARD.”
Garth Crooks not acknowledging Carrie Underwood during his acceptance speech is the most disrespectful and disgusting thing I have witnessed on live TV. I hate this man. #CMAawards pic.twitter.com/0Ipr02TeHX
— B (@liveasong4) November 14, 2019
And don’t even get people started about the fact that Garth didn’t mention Carrie in his speech, despite calling out other performers like Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs.
not watching the #cmas currently but if carrie underwood doesn’t win the entertainer of the year award we riot at dawn
— jason ✨ (@JAS0NBROWN) November 14, 2019
Anyways, we had all previously agreed to “riot at dawn” so we’ll see you there?
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