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JUST IN: Toby Keith To Be Inducted Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame

The late country music icon will be immortalized in the Hall of Fame!

Via Toby Keith Social Media

It is an emotional start to the week. Today March 18th, the Country Music Association athered at the prestigious Hall of Fame Rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, today, to reveal the 2024 inductees into the Country Music Hall of FameJames Burton, John Anderson and Toby Keith.  

The press conference was full of emotion as each of the three well deserving inductees were announced. “This year’s nominees exemplify the excellence of our genre,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “James, John and Toby have each made an indelible impact and brought their distinctive contributions to Country Music, enriching our format. Their influence is evident throughout the longevity of their careers, ensuring each legacy will thrive indefinitely. It is with great pride that we welcome these three remarkable individuals into the esteemed ranks of the Country Music Hall of Fame.” 

Sarah also shared that Toby was selected before he passed in February of this year. According to Sarah the final ballot closed on February 2nd, just days before Toby's passing. She went on to share that the results of those votes was planned to be shared on February 6th, and instead of celebrating, we mourned Toby's passing. However, in a bittersweet moment only hours after the announcement of his passing the CMA team was informed that Toby had won the vote for Modern Era Artist.

Stelen Keith Covel, Toby's son took the stage to share a short and emotional speech on behalf of his late father and family.

"On behalf of my whole family, we wanna thank the Hall of Fame," Stelen said duringhis time at the podium. "It's an honor to stand here and represent my father. He's an amazing man, husband, father and artist and I just wanna thank everybody for being here. Thank you."

A formal induction ceremony for Burton, Anderson and Keith will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater this October. The Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, a reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, is the official rite of induction for new members.   

You can watch the full press conference below.


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