01:36 AM EDT 10/17/2013
Originally posted 07/04/2013 10:00AM
Happy Birthday America!
No 4th of July is complete without a BBQ, friends, family and good music! While you're standing over the grill this Independence Day, let us take care of the playlist!
From Brooks and Dunn's Only in America to almost anything in Toby Keith's music catalog – Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue, Made in America – country music really knows how to tip their hats to Old Glory. Jam out to Martina McBride's Independence Day and treat this July 4th like it's the most amazing American Saturday Night.
Originally posted 05/24/2013 03:15PM
Oklahoma's star contingent is showing its love for the victims of the recent deadly tornado that killed 24 people and injured 240.
Among the many generous showbiz names is Carrie Underwood, who on Thursday announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross from her "Blown Away" tour's concert receipts.
"I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness," Underwood said in a statement. "With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornados."
Originally posted 05/21/2013 10:55AM
On Monday, a massive and devastating tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening neighborhoods and destroying buildings, including an elementary school. At least 24 lives were lost and the death toll is expected to rise.
As those affected by the tornado grieve and focus on rebuilding, social media sites were flooded with messages of support and ways for people to help.
Here's what you had to say about the tragedy in Oklahoma:
Originally posted 12/05/2012 06:00AM
Hayden Panettiere is the host with the most.
The Nashville actress – who is co-hosting CMT's Artists of the Year – had a blast taping the awards show in Franklin, Tenn., on Monday night.
When Panettiere crossed paths with a red Solo cup-wielding Toby Keith on the red carpet, she had to find out what the country singer was drinking!
Originally posted 05/21/2012 09:00AM
Who says you have to be a country singer to emcee the CMT awards?
Kristen Bell will be joining nominee Toby Keith for hosting duties at the 11th annual awards on June 6, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
"It's an honor to get that call," says seven-time CMT winner Keith, 50, about being asked back to host to show. He and Pamela Anderson co-hosted in 2003.
Bell, who will be escorted to Nashville by fiancé Dax Shepherd (sans sloth), is already eager to make her first trip to Music City.
"Country music makes me happy," the actress, 31, tells PEOPLE. And she's most excited about meeting her co-host – and the possibility of coming face to face with her country crush, Miranda Lambert.
Originally posted 12/06/2011 09:30AM
Jason Aldean took home the top prize – and cleaned house – at Monday's American Country Awards in Las Vegas.
"This is getting ridiculous," he said upon winning artist of the year, just one of the six awards he took home.
Carrie Underwood and Thompson Square each took home three awards, but Toby Keith may have stolen the evening, winning artist of the decade and performing his insanely quirky and catchy song "Red Solo Cup."
"Hell, anybody can have a good decade, huh?" he said. "I've had a great decade and I hope I have another one."
Originally posted 08/06/2010 08:55AM
Just call him coach.
Toby Keith may be a Country Music Awards-winning megastar, but when he's at his home just outside of Norman, Okla., he trades the stage for the football field with his son, Stelen.
He has coached his 13-year-old son's football team for the past six years, and the players have gotten used to their superstar mentor. "Kids do better with that than adults do," Keith, 49, tells PEOPLE Country for its September issue. "They are just, 'Hey, coach! Can I go in?' "
When they're not on the field, they're hitting the basketball court: Keith says he shoots hoops with Stelen's "herd of friends" at their home almost every night.
Originally posted 11/11/2008 07:00AM
Toby Keith's new album, That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, debuted at No. 1 on the country charts last week and he was named the top-earning country star by Forbes this year. But the singer says he still gets no respect from the country music industry.
And so, on Wednesday, he will once again skip the Country Music Association Awards.
"I know everybody is going to say it's sour grapes, but I don't care – it's not," the singer tells PEOPLE. "I haven't been to a CMA Awards show in four years. They screwed me 'till I finally saw the light."
Keith has been nominated for 27 CMAs, but has won only two – one for video of the year in 2005 and one for male vocalist of the year in 2001. After going away empty-handed in 2003 and 2004 – despite receiving a total of 13 nominations – Keith told reporters he was done with the show and accused the CMA of playing politics.
Originally posted 11/06/2008 03:25PM
You could call him a good old boy. But Toby Keith ... a metrosexual?
The tough country star – best known for his post 9/11 hit "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" – has admitted that he shaves his armpits.
"On those summer tours, you get so hot and sweaty," he recently told the Washington Post. "You just want to shave your head and get down like a swimmer, you know what I mean?"
He then teased the (male) reporter who noticed his bare underarms, asking, "You don't have a man-crush, do you? You want to know if I shave anything else?"
– Caris Davis
Originally posted 04/28/2008 10:50AM
Country star Toby Keith was trying to give 2,500 soldiers at a military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, a break from the action, but instead he and his band came under fire along with the rest of the troops.
Keith, on an 18-show USO tour through the Persian Gulf, was right in the middle of his song "Weed With Willie" when mortar fire on the base interrupted him Thursday night.
"We all ran about 100 yards to a concrete bunker," says Keith's agent, Curt Motley, who is also on the USO tour. Keith, 46, and his band hunkered down with the soldiers in a bunker about an hour, signing autographs and posing for shots to pass the time.
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