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Toby Keith To Skip CMA Awards

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He may be up for an award this year but Toby Keith has decided to skip the CMAs.

Keith, who was nominated for the Best Music Video of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards for his song Red Solo Cup, said that he’s going to skip the CMAs so that he can do something fun.

Keith said:

“Hell no, I ain’t showing up. I gotta go get a root canal that day, or something fun.”

Our Country reports that Keith has been nominated for 28 CMA Awards over the course of his career but he’s only won twice. Keith won in 2001 for Male Vocalist of the Year and in 2005 for Music Video of the Year. The country star has not been nominated for a CMA in the last 7 years.

The country singer said that he was surprised by this year’s nomination. Not only because he hasn’t been nominated for 7 years despite releasing several successful albums, but because Red Solo Cup is his first song to truly cross over onto pop stations.

Toby Keith told Taste of Country:

“Isn’t that crazy? But, you know, it’s the only song I ever had cross over and play on the pop stations. Ever. All of my peers that are hard ticket sellers, successful people, at the top of the game we play every day, about every one of them has had a certain amount of crossover play: Taylor, Tim, Keith, Flatts, Faith. I was always the one guy in that generation that didn’t. [Pop stations] were always like, ‘He is so country, we’re not going to play him.’ And I always took pride in that.”

Do you like Toby Keith? Do you think he’ll win best video for Red Solo Cup at the CMAs?

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46 Responses to “Toby Keith To Skip CMA Awards”

  1. George Helm

    Toby, don't fear they always have the twit Taylor Swift, the non talent, to glorify. It's now all about the MTV crowd and has very little to do with country music!

  2. Vikki Thornton

    SO VERY TRUE/IT IS BECOMING A TEEN SHOW & GROWING VERY TIRESOME OF TAYLOT SWIFT/ EVEN ACTORS & ACTRESSES GIVING AWARDS TO OUR CW/STARS…REPEAT NOMINEES GETTING IT ALL—

  3. Harley W. Sorrels

    Sounds like they're screwing you just like they did Ronnie Milsap 40 #1 hits. entertainer of the yr. Grammy's and other awards to many to mention. That's ok Toby, I bought and will continue to buy your albums bro!

  4. Harley W. Sorrels

    They keep goin around Ronnie Milsap on the H.O.F. every yr. just goes to show how much they really are schooled on the Biz. A 3 yr. old would have a better idea on how to run that town down there then the so called exects. of today do.

  5. Steve Howe

    I think he is a great singer/writer but severely swollen headed/I can't stand him either.

  6. Anonymous

    I SINCERELY ENJOY EVERY SONG THAT TOBY SINGS! Toby is to country music as the state of Oklahoma is to football…synonomous with each other! It seems that today, an "awards" show has become a popularity contest rather than an acknowledgement of their accomplishments. Toby, along with a few others, YOU will be at the top of my playlist for music and videos! Thank you for your patriotism and your love of our country! And if you want to do something "fun", come to Claremore/Owasso, we'll saddle up some horses, maybe get on the tractor…or just hit the pond and go fish….with filled RED SOLO CUPS! Garth and Trish are just down the road…….

  7. Amy Guthmiller

    He is such an arrogant ass! I'm glad we won't be seeing him tomorrow night.

  8. Anita Holloway

    I will. Also buy Toby Keith records I think he is the best entertainer of all. He's true country. Not this rock/country that's just not pure

  9. Bob Parenteau

    All you pussies slamming Toby Keith, I bet you love that trash Swift sings. It's called the Country Music Awards, so award COUNTRY MUSIC, not pop trash like Swift's crap. If you don't like my comment, you can either block me or unfriend me, I don't give a damn. You're not worth being a friend with.

  10. Bob Parenteau

    All you pussies slamming Toby Keith, I bet you love that trash Swift sings. It's called the Country Music Awards, so award COUNTRY MUSIC, not pop trash like Swift's crap. If you don't like my comment, you can either block me or unfriend me, I don't give a damn. You're not worth being a friend with.

  11. Barnie Tolstad

    red solo cup was the first song he ever did i did not care for, but i absolutely love Toby!!!!!!!!!!!! i loved Blue Bedroom, but it didn't go anywhere. hope that guy has a lot of money, he deserves it.

  12. Barnie Tolstad

    everyone has their own opinion, isn't that what this country was founded on? don't agree with u amy, but i defend your right to express yourself. cannot absolutely stand t.s. i wonder what george thinks about her singing/writing. we will never know.

  13. Judi Freitag Bailey

    CMA awards, as many are, is nothing but a showcase for singers, etc someone wants to make a star. It is like a teenage show and they keep trying to shove some of these people down our throats, over and over and over. If some of these singers are true stars they don't have to be on every single show. I don't even recognize most of the songs as Country anymore. I guess I am a Classic Country kind of girl. Give me some Tammy, Ray Price, Patsy kind of performers. I want to recognize the tunes that you can two step to, walze to, etc. This stuff the call country today is just way off the mark. Good for you toby!

  14. Patricia Banks

    Kieth you have great song and I don't care if they go pop or not just keep doing you and all will be right. You were the first artist to write a song that showed our anger for 9/11 so your are up the with Lee Greenwood I am a vet and a military spouse so hearing Lee and you hell all is right in the world LOL WE love you no matter how many nominations you recieve. I listen to all kinds of music but when I hear country I know when it you…sorry other guys Keith just has that voice….

  15. Marlene Higley

    Right on Toby..I don't watch anymore cause I can't stand the POP music..I want Country Music! They can name it Loud can't hear the Words Music..We True Country People love you & will always buy your Music..

  16. Macky West

    Just as well. He would show up looking like a scruffy , dirty ole bum as usual. Some of his music is ok but he won't be missed by a lot of people. He isn't as great as he thinks he is. Course, he is better tha some who will be fuzzed over. Like Carrie and Taylorrr.
    r.r

  17. Macky West

    Just as well. He would show up looking like a scruffy , dirty ole bum as usual. Some of his music is ok but he won't be missed by a lot of people. He isn't as great as he thinks he is. Course, he is better tha some who will be fuzzed over. Like Carrie and Taylorrr.
    r.r

  18. Bren Watson

    He never goes to the cma awards does he? I just don't like the fact he is a big lefty and a big supporter of Obama. His music is ok except for his pro Obama songs!

  19. Penny Hoflund Hickman

    Toby Keith is a jerk. I wouldn't listen to you if your music was good! Don't give us your cry baby opinion. You have no right to an opinion. Remember the Dixie chicks? They had an opinion that was not up to your liking so you cried and whined and ruined their career. No opinion from you Toby about the CMA awards.

  20. Robert Hollingsworth

    The CMAs as well as any other awards show is useless and just a popularity contest. These awards are a joke and always will be a joke as long as they are controlled by only the big record labels. All artists are not even considered, only those on the big labels. That being said, I am not a fan of Toby or any country/mainstream artists for the same reasons. These people are marketed and given airplay for very bland and uncreative music. The entire commercial music industry is currently flooded with "artists" with very limited musical talent. Anyone with basic music knowledge can write a country song. The music is extremely simple and the lyrics, equally as simple. None of these mainstream artists do anything technical or creative, it is all based on whatever is popular and sells the most. Then copy that sound and reap the profits while they can.

    Lets see some real artists get some attention. You know those that focus on their art, live, breathe, eat, drink music, 24/7. Artists that create entire albums, not just a "hit single".

  21. Bob Parenteau

    Pro Obama Bren?? I didn't know that but I highly doubt it. He is very VERY patriotic and supports the troops more than most singers/actors do. That's good enough for me.

  22. Bldr Republcn

    What a load of crap! The Dixie Chicks ruined their OWN careers by 1) Publicly blasting the president of the US on stage (GWB at the time). Regardless of your political stance, that is UNCOOL. and 2) Touting their F U T K tee-shirts. (BTW, the Chicks are too stupid to know that it should be F Y T K if it was to be anything legible.
    Sorry – the chicks got what they deserved. Oh, and EVERYBODY has a right to an opinion. Even TK. Even you.