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Garth Brooks and his 6th CMA Entertainer of the Year award on Nov. 8. AP

A raspy-voiced Garth Brooks wasted no time admitting he'd made a "game-time" decision to lip-sync, trying to conserve his voice so as to not disappoint fans who've bought tickets for his upcoming World Tour stop in Spokane, Washington. "We did our rehearsals today and a game time call on whether or not we would sing to track or lip sync it and I chose to lip sync because the voice was just not there and you want to represent country music the best you can".

"Getting this presented to me by the entertainer of a lifetime, I thank you", he said, referring to McEntire.

The 51st Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Nov 8, 2017.

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.

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Brooks, who earned an MBA from Oklahoma State University in 2011, was dubbed entertainer of the year - for the second consecutive year and for the sixth time overall. "Not 10 shows in 12 days, 12 shows in 10 days", he told reporters.

- Tanya Vitale (@crazynbella) November 9, 2017Loving this performance by reigning #CMAawards Entertainer of the Year @GarthBrooks! "The voice just isn't there anymore, and you want to represent country music as best you can".

The victor told PEOPLE exclusively he plans to share the hardware with his wife and crew. "They work their asses off", he said. Some years, that family gets a little more challenge than others and they'll rise for it.

"Sleep. Christmas. Sleep. New Year's Eve".

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