Tribute to Toby Keith in 2024 CMT Music Awards: A-listers and All-Star – Austin American-Statesman

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The 2024 CMT Music Awards is set to include a tribute to 2024 Country Music Hall of Famer-elect Toby Keith Sunday.

Keith, 62, a chart-topping country artist with 20 number-one hits, and influential businessman, entertainer and philanthropist, died on Feb. 5 after a nearly 20-month bout with stomach cancer. 

The tribute will include Brooks & Dunn, Lainey Wilson, and Sammy Hagar. The trio will all be backed by Keith’s longtime band. Special appearances by Lukas Nelson and “Red Solo Cup” video co-star Roger Clemens are scheduled.

The show will be hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and feature performances by Jelly Roll, Megan Moroney, Jason Aldean and Dasha.

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Toby Keith CMT awards history

Keith’s CMT Music Awards history includes a consecutive decade of performances, two co-hosting gigs (in 2012 with Kristen Bell and 2003 with Pamela Anderson) and seven wins in 30 nominations. 

In 2003 – during an era highlighted by the sales of 12 million singles, including “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” “Who’s Your Daddy?,” the Willie Nelson duet “Beer for My Horses,” “I Love This Bar, “American Soldier” and “Whiskey Girl” – he took home three belt buckles as the most-awarded artist of the night, including “Video of the Year” for “Courtesy of The Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).”

How to watch the 2024 CMT Music Awards

The show will emanate from the Moody Center in Austin and feature performances from Keith Urban, Dasha and the nominees for the Video of the Year award.

The CMT Awards air Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. An encore will air on April 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Fans will be able to stream the awards live and on-demand on Paramount+ with Showtime.

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