Family Of Late Country Icon, Toby Keith, Honor His Legacy At 2024 CMT Music Awards

Keith will be honored during the fan-voted award-show with a very special tribute performance.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 7, 2024

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Krystal Sandubrae, Shelley Covel, Stelen Covel; Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CMT

The family members of the late country icon, Toby Keith, have arrived in Austin, Texas to celebrate his legacy among a slew of his fellow country artists at the 2024 CMT Music Awards.

Keith passed away on Monday, February 5 at the age of 62 years old, following his a more than two-year-long battle with stomach cancer. Although he could not be present for the night’s celebratory events, his three kids Krystal Sandubrae, Shelley Covel and Stelen Covel, whom he raised with his wife, Tricia Lucas, were on hand with bright smiles on their faces.

Krystal brought elegance onto the scene with her navy blue and silver rhinestone ensemble while Shelley donned a stylish colorful dress and Stelen kept things classy with his white button-down and gray suit jacket and dress pants. 

Krystal Sandubrae, Shelley Covel and Stelen Covel; Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CMT
Krystal Sandubrae, Shelley Covel and Stelen Covel; Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CMT

Toby Keith’s Passing Was Announced On February 6

The news of Keith’s death was shared via his official Facebook page in the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 6, just hours after his passing.  

The statement read: “Toby Keith passed peacefully last night on February 5, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.”

This devastating news came only a few weeks after he took the stage in Las Vegas to deliver what ended up being his final three concerts. During those shows, the beloved singer/songwriter performed some of his biggest hits, including “Beer For My Horses,” “How Do You Like Me Now,” “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This,” “Red Solo Cup,” and “Courtesy of the Red White And Blue.”      

Toby Keith; Photo Provided
Toby Keith; Photo Provided

Lainey Wilson, Brooks & Dunn And Sammy Hagar To Perform A Tribute To Keith

The Oklahoma native has a long history with CMT, including a total of 30 CMT Music Awards nominations, seven wins, and a whopping 13 performances. Tonight, Sunday, April 7, he will be honored with a tribute performance delivered by Brooks & Dunn, Lainey Wilson, and legendary rocker, Sammy Hagar. Lukas Nelson and Roger Clemens will also be on hand to honor Keith. 

Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini, the 2024 CMT Music Awards will air LIVE from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 7th (8:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.* 

Presenters And Performers Of The 2024 CMT Awards

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer for CMT
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer for CMT

This year’s lineup of performers welcomes Bailey Zimmerman, Cody Johnson, Dasha, Jason Aldean, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Little Big Town + Sugarland, Megan Moroney, NEEDTOBREATHE + Jordan Davis, Old Dominion ft. Megan Moroney, Sam Hunt and Trisha Yearwood. 

The all-star presenter lineup includes: Amber Riley, Billy Bob Thornton (Landman), Carly Pearce, Cody Alan, Cody Johnson, Emily Osment (Young Sheldon), Emma Roberts, Gayle King (CBS Mornings), James Van Der Beek, Jane Seymour, Jelly Roll, Max Theriot (Fire Country), Megan Moroney, Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Minnie Driver, Montana Jordan (Young Sheldon), Parmalee and Paul Walter Hauser. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.