The world’s biggest country music artists congratulate late singer Toby Keith at CMT Music Awards

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Late country music legend Toby Keith Brooks & Dunn were honored with an energetic and celebratory tribute performance by Lanny Wilson and Sammy Hagar during Sunday’s CMT Music Awards.

Brooks and Dunn kick off Keith tribute with live performance should have been a shepherd,

Sung by rock legend Sammy Hagar i love this bar And they took some time to joke about how many times they got “kicked out” of Cabo Wabo while spending time together in Cabo San Lucas.

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Ronnie Dunn, Sammy Hagar, Kix Brooks, Lanny Wilson, Riley Green, Roger Clemens, Lucas Nelson Micah Roberts and Toby Keith band members toast Toby Keith on stage during the 2024 CMT Music Awards. (Getty Images for CMT)

Lanny Wilson closed the set by singing How do you like me nowWith introductions from singer-songwriters Riley Green and Lucas Nelson.

All performers on stage were supported by Keith’s longtime band members.

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Former MLB pitcher and friend of the late singer Roger Clemens introduced the performance and when he later came on stage to thank Keith’s adult children and his wife, who were in the audience, he praised Keith for “sharing it with the world. Became emotional. ,

Clemens concluded the tribute with a toast. Holding red cups – presumably Solo brand – they chanted “Whiskey for my men and beer for my horses”, a reference to Keith’s hit song. Beer for my horses.

Toby Keith arrives at the People's Choice Country Awards at The Grand Ole Opry House on Thursday, September 28, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Keith died last month after a two-year battle with cancer. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Keith died in February After a battle with stomach cancer. He was 62 years old.

Keith revealed his diagnosis in a statement posted to his X page in 2022, writing at the time that he was undergoing treatment and needed time to “recover and rest.”

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According to a statement posted on Keith’s website and social media announcing his death, the famed country singer “fought his battle with grace and courage” and was “surrounded by his family” when he died. .

Keith released his debut album in 1993 and is known for the hit songs red solo cup And i want to talk about myself, his 2002 song Courtesy of Red, White and Blue (The Angry American), Released after the 9/11 attacks, he became a household name.

The audience welcomes Toby Keith during the 2024 CMT Music Awards. (Getty Images for CMT)

He won seven CMT Music Awards and earned a total of 30 nominations throughout his career. Keith has also performed on the awards ceremony stage 13 times and co-hosted the show twice.

In March, shortly after Keith’s death, it was announced That he will be posthumously inducted into the 2024 Country Music Hall of Fame this October. In 2021 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

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