Exclusive: Kelsea Ballerini Anticipates an Emotional Tribute to Toby Keith at CMT Awards

Toby Keith, who passed away in 2024 after battling cancer, will be honored at the CMT Music Awards with a tribute performance. Host Kelsea Ballerini expressed her admiration for Keith's impact on country music and shared her hopes for the emotional tribute. Artists such as Brooks & Dunn and Lainey Wilson will pay tribute to Keith on stage. The event will be live on CBS on April 7 at 8 PM ET, with streaming available on Paramount+. Keith, known for his range in songwriting and music, won seven CMT Music Awards during his career, leaving a legacy of both party anthems and heartfelt ballads. Fans can expect a memorable and emotional tribute to the late country music legend.

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