Garth Brooks wants to make one thing clear: If he got to re-do his now-infamous 2017 CMA Awards performance of "Ask Me How I Know" ... well, he wouldn't do it differently. The country star says he doesn't regret his choice to lip-sync during the performance, and says that he'd make the same decision again.

Brooks explained his choice while appearing on a recent episode of Ellen: "We did 12 shows in 10 days, and right in the middle of those 12 shows was the CMAs," he recalls. "So we went in and did a track for it, just in case my voice was gone."

Brooks says his decision to lip-sync was a "game-day decision." He did so because he had another run of shows coming up shortly after the CMAs.

"The truth is, I love awards shows, but for me, they're like the tree is to Christmas," Brooks continues. "They're the symbol of it, but they're not what it's all about. What it's about is those people who put those butts in the seat, travel, fight that traffic -- that's who you save your voice for. We made the decision, and I gotta tell you, if it happened again tomorrow, I'd make the same decision."

Brooks, who was named Entertainer of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards, is about to wrap up his World Tour in Nashville in mid-December. He'll play a string of concerts at Music City's Bridgestone Arena before the holidays.

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