Garth Brooks defended lip-syncing on the CMA Awards while visiting the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week.
The performance fell in the middle of a 12-day concert run and his voice was beginning to fail. That's when he made the call to lip-sync rather than harm his vocal chords.
"The truth is, I love award shows, I think they're sweet. But for me, they are like the tree is to Christmas. They're the symbol of it, but it's not what it is all about. What it is about are those people who put their butts in those seats, travel, fight that traffic, pay that parking and go in. That's who you want to save your voice for."
Garth wraps up his world tour with seven shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena next month.