Contact Us

Toby Keith Honored at ACM Salute to the Troops

Toby Keith
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

When Toby Keith stepped onstage to perform at the ACM Salute to the Troops event on Monday (April 7), he didn’t realize he was actually the recipient of an award.

At the end of the more than three-hour program, the country star performed his final song, ‘American Soldier,’ and shook the hands with all the military personnel standing onstage. Then, Keith got a big surprise.

An executive with the USO took the microphone and announced Keith had played 200 shows and entertained more than 250,000 military men, women, and their families. He’d earned the Spirit of the USO Award.

“That caught me off guard,” the singer said, according to the Tennessean. “I saw a need and a void the great Bob Hope left behind, and no one was filling it, but as hard as Big Dog Daddy tried, I couldn’t bring Marilyn Monroe.”

The ACM Salute to the Troops was a smashing success, with an all-star lineup of performers that honored military men and women for their sacrifices and service. Fans can watch ‘ACM Presents: An All-Star Tribute to the Troops’ on CBS on May 20.

Next: See a List of 2014 ACM Awards Winners

Best of WGNA

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wgna.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Fanatics quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Fanatics contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.