Teary-eyed Garth Brooks Shares CMA Award Nomination Reaction and More From the Ryman

Garth Brooks took to Facebook Live last night (Sep. 5) from the Ryman Auditorium to share his CMA Award nomination reaction story and more for the latest episode of his Inside Studio G video series.

On the morning of Aug. 31, Garth Brooks was awoken by a text from his friend Keith Urban. “Hey pard, congratulations.” Garth, still groggy, thanked him and went back to sleep.

Later in the morning Garth checked the news to confirm that he had just been nominated for this year’s CMA Entertainer of the Year award. Keith had failed to mention that he was himself also nominated for the award.

Garth texted a good-natured follow-up response, “Dude, really?”

Genuinely appreciative of the nomination, Garth wished all of the CMA award nominees good luck. “To get to be nominated for Entertainer of the Year is never one of those things you get used to,” said Garth, “especially this late in our career. Very sweet.”

Garth goes on to share more news and recollections—including a touching story about going with his wife Trisha Yearwood to the funeral of songwriter Harlan Howard, which took place at the Ryman—with the hallowed Ryman Auditorium stage in the background. Watch the full episode below!