May 23, 2024

Nation star Toby Keith, who died final month, is heading to the Nation Music Corridor of Fame. 

In a ceremony asserting the inductees on Monday, Nation Music Affiliation CEO Sarah Trahern stated outcomes got here in that Keith had been elected within the Fashionable Period class simply hours after the world realized of his passing.

“We wakened that morning to the heartbreaking information that our buddy Toby Keith had misplaced his lengthy battle with abdomen most cancers,” Trahern stated.

“My coronary heart sank,” she stated, “figuring out that we missed the possibility to tell Toby whereas he was nonetheless with us. However I’ve little doubt that he’s smiling down on us, figuring out that he’ll at all times be, — quote —  ‘nearly as good as he as soon as was.’”

Trahern defined that election guidelines don’t permit an individual to be elected into the Nation Music Corridor of Fame within the 12 months of their loss of life, however stated that rule didn’t apply to Keith, who had already been chosen previous to his passing. Voting was closed on Feb. 2 and official outcomes have been tallied by Feb. 6,  a day after the singer handed away.

The opposite inductees introduced Monday have been singer John Anderson and guitarist James Burton.

Keith died on Feb. 5 on the age of 62. He had been identified with abdomen most cancers within the fall of 2021, and shared the information publicly in June 2022.

Keith has produced 32 No. 1-ranked songs, and 42 songs which have appeared within the High 10 of Billboard’s nation music chart. 

He’s maybe finest identified for his 1993 single “Ought to’ve Been a Cowboy.” 

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