Country legend Willie Nelson paid tribute to his longtime friend Toby Keith following the news of Keith's death on February 5. The two musicians had collaborated on multiple projects over the years, including their duet "Beer for My Horses," which became a No. 1 country hit in 2003. Nelson shared a short remembrance of Keith on social media along with a clip of their live performance. He described Keith as "one of us" and wished him to rest in peace. Many other country artists also expressed their condolences and shared personal memories of Keith. "Beer for My Horses" was a risk for Keith, as his promotions staff doubted its success due to Nelson's supposed decline in popularity. However, the song became a massive hit and solidified Keith's reputation for defying industry expectations. Keith, who had been battling stomach cancer, passed away at the age of 62.