By Shannon Frost Greenstein
I bet you thought it was over. Done. Settled. We had all agreed to disagree, and that was that.
But, apparently, it’s not over.
The Great Garth Brooks Lip-Syncing Controversy of 2017 is still going on, and it’s an unlikely cast of characters who are keeping this debate on the tip of country music’s tongue.
As I’m SURE you remember, Garth Brooks, Entertainer of the Year at last week’s CMAs, lip-synced his live performance. He owned up the next day, admitting the vocal track was due to illness, strain on his voice, and a demanding concert schedule.
The world split into two, and exactly half of us declared that this was not behavior that we expected from the EOTY, while the other half of us stood true to Garth, his obvious talent, and the amazing performances he always puts on.
Things got even more interesting when Miranda Lambert weighed in, after they were already interesting because her boyfriend of two years, Anderson East, had weighed in first. Anderson was quick to tweet his displeasure at Garth’s actions and how they were damaging the integrity of country music.
Lambert, who herself won Female Vocalist of the Year, commented on an image of the Tweet on East’s Instagram page, saying, ““High Five on this babe. If you can’t sing then don’t. It’s better to be honest than to pretend. I think it’s bull s‑‑‑. My favorite performances in the show were live live. The truth.”
Ok, now this is where it gets downright juicy.
As if there wasn’t already enough drama, Miranda Lambert’s ex-husband, country star Blake Shelton, decided to throw his hat into the ring on Twitter.
THEN, artist Randy Travis had something to say. While he might be outside of the Lambert/East/Shelton triangle, he DID seem to be taking a jab at the Female Vocalist of the Year and her beau.
Whew. Did you get all that? Are you caught up?
So, after it all, at the end of the day, it seems like…half of us are upset that he lip-synced, and the other half of us are upset at the first half for being upset. Just like we all were before this whole thing started.
MAKE SURE you keep following us for updates, because I guarantee this isn’t over. Who knows which other musicians might join one side or the other?
Garth, meanwhile, will be performing at the Prudential Center in Newark on December 1st. Tickets can still be purchased here.