CMT is preparing to honor the life and enduring influence of Toby Keith through a televised special.
Scheduled to air Thursday night (Feb. 8), the program will be titled CMT Remembers: Toby Keith.
The country music community was shocked by Toby Keith’s sudden passing on February 5. Following the news, numerous fellow country artists paid touching tributes to the legendary hitmaker.
CMT Announces Tribute Special
Today, CMT revealed plans for their TV special CMT Remembers: Toby Keith.
As per a trailer clip shared on the network’s social media, the TV special will delve deep into Toby Keith’s persona, exploring his songs, the narratives behind them, and the essence of spirit, patriotism, and rebellious independence infused into country music.
“He was one of country music’s biggest stars, but he was much more than that,” a narration detailed over the clip. “He was a symbol of the American pride and spirit that filled his songs. Join us as we say goodbye to Toby Keith.”
We honor the late country music legend on “CMT REMEMBERS: TOBY KEITH” tomorrow, February 8th at 8/7c on CMT. pic.twitter.com/BzqcjJaJbZ
— CMT (@CMT) February 7, 2024
Some fans expressed disappointment that the special appears to be only half an hour long.
Only for 30 minutes??? PLEASE tell me my cable guide is wrong and it’s longer than that!
— Tori (@nshvl37) February 7, 2024
31 number 1 hits, and you only give him 30 minutes.
— Katrina Lowe (@KatLowe1974) February 7, 2024
How do you pay tribute to Toby Keith in 30 minutes? Come on CMT you can do better than that?
— Daisy (@DaisyRoxysMom) February 7, 2024
Given Keith’s long-standing relationship with CMT and his significant impact on the country music scene, it’s reasonable to expect that it will provide a fitting and respectful tribute to the late icon.
Tune in tomorrow night at 8PM ET on CMT to watch CMT Remembers: Toby Keith.
Remembering Toby Keith
The renowned country music figure passed away at 62 years old. Diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2021, he publicly disclosed his condition a few months later. Following this revelation, he paused his performances to prioritize family time and undergo treatments.
His family issued a statement following his passing:
“Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.”
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Celebrating An Iconic Career
Toby Keith’s music career was undeniably extraordinary. With 19 studio albums, 2 Christmas albums, and 5 compilation albums, he amassed sales exceeding 40 million worldwide. He boasted an impressive 61 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, with 20 reaching number one and 22 making the top ten.
His passing leaves a void in the soul of country music, yet his music will forever be cherished by fans all over.
Watch Toby Keith perform “I Love This Bar” on CMT below!
Toby Keith founded the Toby Keith Foundation, dedicated to supporting the OK Kids Korral, a sanctuary for families with children fighting cancer. To honor Toby’s legacy, please consider contributing through the official website of the Toby Keith Foundation. You can visit their website here.