05:08 PM EDT 06/23/2015
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.
Originally posted 04/15/2008 03:10PM
Despite Toby Keith's past public support of President George W. Bush and his famous post-Sept.11 song, "The Angry American (Courtesy of the Red White and Blue)," this year the country star says things have changed.
Keith, who in the past has said he's a Democrat but was unhappy with the party's candidates, now can support the current contenders for the nomination.
"I'm real happy that there are two candidates that people can get behind," he told PEOPLE at the CMT awards Monday. "I feel like there are two people now – with Hillary [Clinton] and the time she's spent," he said of the former first lady and current New York senator.
Originally posted 12/26/2007 11:15AM
Toby Keith has won $2.8 million in damages in the 2001 accident that killed the country music star's father.
Originally posted 05/27/2004 07:00AM
Already an American idol in some quarters, Toby Keith had a big Wednesday night, too: The rebellious country star dominated the 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast from Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
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