Toby Keith honored at 2024 CMT Awards as wife, kids bring tears to his eyes

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Country music legend Toby Keith’s children were brought to tears as they gave an emotional tribute to their late father at the 2024 CMT Music Awards.

The “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” singer, who died in February at the age of 62, was honored during Sunday night’s broadcast as singers Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar and Lanny Wilson performed his songs. Expressed respect.

The musicians performed “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “I Love This Bar” and “How Do You Like Me Now?” Like presented hit songs. At the ceremony, which took place at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas.

Keith was honored during Sunday night’s broadcast as several country singers paid tribute to him with renditions of his songs. reuters

Keith, who died after a battle with stomach cancer, was honored with a series of moving speeches given by his longtime friends and fellow singers.

In the audience, the late artist’s three children Crystal Keith, Shelley Cowell Rowland and Stellan Keith Cowell watched the loving tribute. The “Red Solo Cup” hitmaker’s wife Tricia Lucas was not in attendance.

At one point during the broadcast, the cameras showed the late singer’s three children, who were clearly overwhelmed with emotion and began to cry.

After the performance, former MLB player Roger Clemens – a longtime friend of the late artist – read a loving memorial in Keith’s honor.

“Thank you for sharing your father with all of us. Thank you,” she told Keith’s family through tears. “Trish, we love you. Thanks for sharing your husband with the world, Trish. Thank you.”

The “Made in America” ​​singer lost his battle with colon cancer on February 5. Toby Keith/Instagram
Clemens asked everyone to toast a red Solo Cup in Keith’s honor. getty images

As the crowd cheered, Clemens asked everyone to toast a red Solo cup in Keith’s honor, also referencing his hit “Beer for My Horses”.

“Okay, very soon. Lift them up. If you don’t have a Solo Cup, everyone at home raises their fists. Let Toby hear you. Repeat after me, ‘Whiskey for my men,’ and, ‘Beer for my horses.’ Let’s go,” he concluded.

Elsewhere, Willie Nelson’s son Lucas, who played in Keith’s band, joined singer Riley Green to say a few words about the late icon.

During the awards show, everyone raised a cup in memory of the late singer. Getty Images for CMT
Sammy Hagar performed Keith’s song in his honor. reuters

“Toby was not a shy boy. He had a big personality,” said Nelson, 35. “I met him when I was a kid, when he was working with my dad on ‘Beer for My Horses.’ I was fortunate to have the opportunity to witness his artistry in person.

Green said, “That guy can come up with a hook like no other and sing it brilliantly on every song he writes, somehow just making it look easy.”

“Right now, we have one of our favorite artists to perform one of our favorite Toby songs.”

Wilson, 31, then took the stage and performed “How Do You Like Me Now?” Tribute was given with an encouraging performance.

Some of Keith’s old friends read loving remembrances in his honor. Getty Images for CMT

During his illustrious career spanning three decades, Keith received a total of 30 CMT Award nominations, and won seven belt buckles.

He also performed at award ceremonies 13 times.

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