“That pissed me off,” the 41-year-old told Rolling Stone. “To me, lip-syncing is and always will be a red line. It’s fabricated. I don’t want young artists thinking it’s OK, because it’s not.”
Church also thought it added insult to injury that Brooks won Entertainer of the Year.
“So the winner of the biggest category of the night lip-synced in the biggest moment on the show?” Church added. “F**k that! And I didn’t like his excuse at all. I felt like he was speaking for the other nominees. I can speak for myself – I’m not lip-syncing. If I can’t sing, I won’t sing, or I’ll sing badly. But at least you’ll get what you get.”
Brooks openly admitted to lip-syncing in a press conference after the award show. He said that after performing 12 shows in ten days, his voice was tired. “My voice just isn’t going anywhere, and we wanted to represent country music the best we can,” he explained at the time.