Toby Keith has been announced as one of this year’s honorees to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Among the other inductees are Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock (“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Time Marches On,” “I Wanna Talk About Me,” “People Are Crazy”), pop star Cyndi Lauper, the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, as well as tunesmiths Robert Hunter, Willie Dixon and Linda Perry. Honorees will be inducted during a ceremony at New York City’s Marriott Marquis Hotel June 18th.
“I write songs every day. When someone writes their own things, to me, they release their character in their music and that character shines through in all their songs,” says Toby. “It is what I take the most pride in. I am honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. It means the world to me, and it is the only award that I will display on my desk…P.S. – And it was mostly hard rhymes.”
Toby has written most of his biggest hits, including his first No. 1 hit, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” as well as “How Do You Like Me Now?!,” “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” “Beer For My Horses,” “I Love This Bar” and “As Good As I Once Was.”
He has had an astounding succession of hits to the tune of more than 85 million BMI performances. He has been honored with the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction and is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. His albums have sold more than 40 million copies, and his tours have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last 14 years.
He is set to continue on the road with his Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour presented by Ford F-Series this Spring.