Blake Shelton Will Present Country Icon Award To Toby Keith
Blake Shelton will present his fellow Oklahoman Toby Keith with the “Country Icon Award” at the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards, which will take place in September at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House.
The award will honor Keith for “his decades-long career as a groundbreaking musician, humanitarian, and entrepreneur.” The honor will also recognize his career as a musician, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Toby has scored 32 No.1 singles and has sold 40 million albums.
Early in his career, almost 20 years ago (2004), Blake toured and opened shows for Toby Keith nationwide. At the time, he told me, “Toby is one of those guys that is so famous and so big, and he is one of those artists that’s just worldwide. You don’t have to be a country music fan to be a Toby Keith fan. It’s just way bigger than that. I step on stage with over 20 thousand people per night, and 15,000 of them may or may not have ever heard of me. Touring with Toby has probably been the biggest break I’ve had since I started doing this.”
He added of the tour at the time, “We had stupid fun on the Toby tour; there’s no limit when you’re on a tour like that. Nobody ever said no to anything which was new to me. We both had our own basketball teams and played basketball close to every day of the tour.”
As we reported late last month (June), Little Big Town is set to host the first-ever People’s Choice Country Awards, which will air live on NBC and Peacock from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House on September 28.
Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Phillip Sweet will also perform a medley of their greatest hits as part of the two-hour celebration. All awards and honors will be chosen entirely by the fans across various categories.
The group said, “We are honored to host the inaugural ‘People’s Choice Country Awards,’ especially on one of our most beloved stages in the world. We look forward to welcoming so many of our talented peers to take the Opry stage for this magical night of music.”