Toby Keith’s son cries during Jason Aldean tribute performance at 2024 ACM Awards

Toby Keith life and legacy were celebrated and honored in the ACM Awards 2024 on Thursday, with a special performance by Jason Aldean.

The segment was presented by Blake Sheltonwho reflected on Keith, praising him for his music and sharing that the singer “was a loving husband” and “a proud father.”

Keith’s son Stelen was in the audience.along with his sisters, Shelley and Krystal, as well as Keith’s wife of 40 years, Tricia, who cried at the tribute.

Shelton introduced Aldean, Keith’s old friend, who came out to perform a musical tribute in honor of the late artist.

Seated on simple stools, Aldean and two accompanying guitarists performed an emotional rendition of Keith’s 1993 single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” which filled the theater with emotion.

Jason Aldean pays tribute to Toby Keith at the 2024 ACM Awards.Rich Polk/Penske Media via Getty Images

Keith died on February 5 after a battle with stomach cancer which lasted more than a year. She was 62 years old.

Stelen paid tribute to his father days after his death, she shared a throwback photo on Instagram, along with a heartfelt tribute.

“You are the strongest man I have ever known. A fighter. A true titan of your industry. My guiding star. My coach. My hero,” Stelen began his caption. “An embodiment of the American spirit. You are a man whose strength, skill and talent can only be surpassed by his ability to be a father and husband. Your impact will forever be etched on the world and on millions of people, but not a single one” This person knew you like me.”

“You were my greatest champion and the light that guided me in my darkest times. The best mentor a man could ask for. You had a passion that was bigger than the mountains and that radiated through every lyric and chord,” he continued . “In the eternal echo of your music’s legacy, you leave me strength and faith to lean on in the silence that follows. You truly did have it your way, from the starting gates to the finish line, and you never apologized for it “The only thing I really wanted in life was to make you proud. I promise I will continue to make you proud.”

He concluded: “It’s not goodbye forever; it’s just goodbye for now. I love you, cowboy.”

The 59th annual edition Academy of Country Music Awards It airs live on May 16 on Prime Video. Verify all nominees and the complete list of winners.


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