Garth Brooks was back on stage. But this time, it was for one night only.

He received the inaugural Crystal Milestone Award at the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

"(We) called (the Academy) and told them how sweet it was for them to do this, and ... they said, 'Would you come on the awards show and do this?' And we said, 'You betcha,"' Brooks told AP Television after Saturday night's rehearsals.

In 2000, the 46-year-old Brooks announced he was retiring to focus on raising his three children with wife Sandy Mahl, whom he divorced in 2001. In 2005, he married fellow country superstar Trisha Yearwood, with whom he lives in Oklahoma.