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story.lead_photo.caption Singer/songwriter Garth Brooks appears at the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 14, 2018. Brooks says he is pulling himself out of nominations for the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, saying it's time for someone else to win the top prize. Brooks, who won the top prize last November, said during an online press conference on Wednesday that he doesn't want to be nominated in any upcoming years as well. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country superstar Garth Brooks says he is pulling himself out of nominations for the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, saying it's time for someone else to win the top prize.

Brooks, who won the top prize in November, said during an online press conference Wednesday that he doesn't want to be nominated in that category in any upcoming years as well.

"We feel very lucky with seven," he said. Brooks said that following his win last year, he read criticism online that said he should step down from the category.

"It made winning entertainer of the year not that fun to tell you the truth," he said, although he repeatedly said he was thankful of the awards he received.

Brooks' name still may end up on a ballot anyway. "The long-standing CMA Awards rules do not allow individuals to remove themselves from the balloting process at any point," the CMA said in a statement.

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