"My heart is broken - how could you lip sync?" one fan wrote. Reba McEntire presented him with this year's honour, with Garth acknowledging her and the rest of his country music "family" during his acceptance speech.
With all that said, how will Brooks celebrate his sixth Entertainer of the Year award? All you guys down here on the front row: We can all agree on one thing. "That band and crew works harder than anybody".
The 55-year-old legendary musician, who is now touring, lip-synced his performance of "Ask Me How I Know" earlier in the evening, and after picking up his prize he told reporters backstage that he wasn't well and it was necessary.
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'We made a game-time call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync, ' he confessed.
Talking to journalists after the show, the icon admitted to using a prerecorded live track, explaining that he was sick, and in the midst of playing 12 shows in 10 days.
After the show, Brooks took to Twitter to thank fans for their continued support. Entertainer of the Year!
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"I'm taking it back to them".
Brooks's win comes following a particularly busy couple of years for the star. "I told him I didn't vote for him this year", Garth jokes.
"It's going to come right down to the wire because I didn't think I had a voice at the (Lifting Lives) gala last night.so we'll see how it goes", Brooks said. He went on to say he wanted to put on the best performance possible.
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ABC/Image Group LA If the 51st Annual CMA Awards seemed a little like church, the backstage press room seemed a lot like a confessional.