Garth's Entertainer of the Year win was the second consecutive year he's taken home the award, and his sixth win of the gong overall.
The victor told PEOPLE exclusively he plans to share the hardware with his wife and crew. "I'm so happy, happy for the band and crew". "Not 10 shows in 12 days, 12 shows in 10 days", he told reporters. "Entertainer of the Year and the love of my life xoxo", wrote Yearwood. I was talking to Kelsea (Ballerini) backstage about how we get to do this for a living. "The voice just isn't there anymore, and you want to represent country music as best you can".
Brooks, who's been touring since 2014 with fellow country star (and wife of 12 years) Trisha Yearwood, will wrap things up in Nashville in December after 383 shows.
Other winners include Chris Stapleton, who won best album for From A Room: Volume 1, as well as best male vocalist; Miranda Lambert for best female vocalist; guitarist Mac McAnally for musician of the year; Brothers Osborne for best vocal duo and best video for It Ain't My Fault; and Jon Pardi for best new artist of the year. They have to live without their families out there. However, Garth attracted criticism from fans when he performed his track Ask Me How I Know, with many slamming him for clearly not performing live. I just think we're all going to sleep for a while.
Little Big Town confessed the foursome doesn't always agree on politics and social issues, but they come together to work it out, and agree to disagree.