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Toby Keith has been honoured with four prizes at the Academy of Country Music awards.

Keith won entertainer of the year for the second year in a row
US country singer Toby Keith has been honoured with four prizes at the Academy of Country Music awards.
Keith was named entertainer of the year and best male vocalist at the ceremony in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

He also won best album for Shock 'n Y'All and best video Beer for My Horses with Willie Nelson, while Martina McBride won top female vocalist.

Toby Keith caused controversy over his flag-waving post-11 September song Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.

Keith had won entertainer of the year in 2003 but walked out of the venue after being overlooked for other awards.

Duo's success

Last night he said: "Thank God for blessing us," he said. "Let's all go partyin' and rock out here in Vegas."

Vocal duo Brooks & Dunn won top vocal duo award, taking their haul at the awards to 17.

Alan Jackson won single record of the year and vocal event for his song Five O'Clock Somewhere.

"Thanks to the academy and of course all the fans that made this such a fun song to hear on the radio," said Jackson.

"I'm just really grateful that I get to live this life and I get to share it with so many wonderful people," said McBride after her win for top female vocalist for the third year running.

Randy Travis won song of the year for Three Wooden Crosses, while the best group award was again won by Rascal Flatts.


Gussy, Thursday, 27 May 2004 10:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Oops I forgot
Full List Of Nominees & Winners

Gussy, Thursday, 27 May 2004 10:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Can't see any nominations for The Dixie Chicks. Were they elegible for any awards? Or is it a backlash?

Gussy, Thursday, 27 May 2004 10:59 (sixteen years ago) link

"Let's all go partyin' and rock out here in Vegas." Classic for that potential thread title alone.

The Dixie Chicks MAY have been intentionally overlooked, but I doubt TK scored any points FOR his jingoistic stance -- "Courtesy" isn't even on the album (although "American Soldier" is). He just made a great record.

briania (briania), Thursday, 27 May 2004 11:10 (sixteen years ago) link

By the way, ain't nobody in country music ever been "honoured" for anything. Speak American, or else we'll come put a boot in YOUR ass, once we're done with Osama.

Big Toby (briania), Thursday, 27 May 2004 12:00 (sixteen years ago) link

For fuck's sake. My short-lived membership in the Academy has been in vain, obv

Morley Timmons (Donna Brown), Thursday, 27 May 2004 13:31 (sixteen years ago) link

> ain't nobody in country music ever been "honoured" for anything.

Olivia Newton-John to thread.

Joseph McCombs, Thursday, 27 May 2004 13:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Toby Keith's record is a piece of shit. And this has nothing to do with politics, all right? I could give a crap less. Not an especially political person, me. It's just that Toby Keith's record, along with most of his stuff, is complete and utter shit. Everything Brooks and Dunn does right, Toby Keith does wrong here. Ironically, "American Soldier" is in fact the best song on the record.

Now, let's see what he's done before this record. "I Wanna Talk About Me" was the worst country novelty record to hit the scene since Billy Ray. "How Do You Like Me Now" was a big hit that I never understood why it was so big. "A Little Less Talk, A Lot More Action," that's probably his best song. As for Courtesy of the Red White and Blue, that's not nearly as much of an asshole song as people suggest.

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Thursday, 27 May 2004 13:38 (sixteen years ago) link

"I Love This Bar" is a bracing little sip of tragicomic beauty.

Sitting in the parking lot late one night, patiently waiting for sobriety to return, I found this song on the radio, and I laughed until a blazing dove came down from Heaven and did a little tap-dance on my beer-soaked skull.

For that moment, and that moment alone, I dub Toby Keith a classic. I imagine that I would have thought G.W. Bush to be a classic too, if I had met him in his drunken prime. If George & Toby had remained on their barstools, happily oblivious to the world of politics, I'd have a good deal more affection for both of them.

Butter Leather, Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:05 (sixteen years ago) link

I Wanna Talk About Me is orrible. and that's worse than horrible.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:06 (sixteen years ago) link

We got winners; we got losers;
Chain smokers and boozers.
An' we got yuppies; we got bikers;
An' we got, thirsty hitchhikers.
And the girls next door dress up like movie stars:
Mm, mm, mmm, mmm, mmm, I love this bar.
We got cowboys; we got truckers;
Broken hearted fools and suckers.
An' we got husslers; we got fighters;
Early birds and all nighters.
And the veterans talk about their battle scars:
Mm, mm, mmm, mmm, mmm, I love this bar.

I love this bar,
It's my kind place.
Just walk in through the front door,
Puts a big smile on my face.
It ain't too far; come as you are.
Mm, mm, mmm, mmm, mmm, I love this bar.

I've seen short skirts; we've got high-techs;
Blue collar boys and rednecks.
An' we got lovers; lots of lookers;
I've even seen dancin' girls and hookers.
And we like to drink our beer from a mason jar:
Mm, mm, mmm, mmm, mmm, I love this bar, yes I do!

I like my truck, (I like my truck),
An' I like my girlfriend, (I like my girlfriend),
I like to take her out to dinner;
I like a movie now and then:

But I love this bar,
It's my kind place.
Just toeing around the dance floor,
Puts a big smile on my face.
No cover charge; come as you are.
Mm, mm, mmm, mmm, mmm, I love this bar.
Mm, mm, mmm, mmm, mmm, I just love this ol' bar.


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Gear! (Gear!), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:09 (sixteen years ago) link

I like both of his last two records (the only ones I've heard), and I just today saw the video for "Beer for My Horses" while on the dentist's chair, and liked it (Willie as Toby's dad, both cops, kind of like a special country episode of Homicide or something) so I guess I'll say classic. Though I did get a nasty email from one of his co-songwriters for making fun of TK in a review.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:11 (sixteen years ago) link

god preserve us ...

robin carmody (robin carmody), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:16 (sixteen years ago) link

I like him. Great songwriter, great singer. Three really good albums in a row, and "How Do You Like Me" now was great before that, so maybe his streak is longer than just three really good albums; who knows. And Matt Cibula even claims that Toby came out as a Democrat in TV Guide this week! Anyway, here's my recent two cents in the VV:

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0349/eddy.php

By the way, I didn't see much of the country awards last night, but Big & Rich's performance was COMPLETELY. FUCKING. INSANE. Easily the most entertaining live musical performance I've seen on TV in, I dunno, forever. (Since, what, Funky Four Plus One on Saturday Night Live in '81? Public Image Ltd on American Bandstand in '80? Something like that. I dunno, maybe I'm forgetting something. But still...)

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:20 (sixteen years ago) link

OMMFG I saw the Big & Rich video too and all I could think was "This is Chuck Eddy's FAVORITE BAND AND/OR VIDEO EVER."

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Frank Kogan's two cents:

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0244/kogan.php

Don Allred's two cents:

http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0222/allred.php

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:22 (sixteen years ago) link

The more I hear about Big and Rich, the more I'm definitely thinking I must hear this album. I take it they have a website?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, my Big & Rich magnum opus leads the Voice music section next week. (Album of the decade? Only time will tell.)

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:24 (sixteen years ago) link

I didn't see much of the country awards last night, but Big & Rich's performance was COMPLETELY. FUCKING. INSANE.

Which song did they do? Wonder if this'll be rebroadcast. I fuggin love these guys right now. Though the songs *may* all be about 30-75 seconds too long. But what to cut out???

(xpost)

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:26 (sixteen years ago) link

I got that CD about a month ago but it got lost in a cleaning shuffle. (Some folks clean to bring out the stuff they need; I clean to hide it.) Must. Find. ASAP.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:27 (sixteen years ago) link

"Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)." Heh heh. (The songs are long, yeah, but they're long like 12-inch disco mixes! It's a whole new thang...)

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Ned, you will fucking DIE. They're the U.S.E. or Junior Senior of country!

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:30 (sixteen years ago) link

(well, probably not, but I wanted to whet Ned's appetite. and Chuck--you REALLY need to hear the United State of Electronica record.)

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:31 (sixteen years ago) link

The songs are long, yeah, but they're long like 12-inch disco mixes! It's a whole new thang...

SERIOUSLY! I'm especially big on Wild West Show (western epic as breakup metaphor, the plaintive "Hey Ya."s, the imagery, is that Zamfir I hear blowin?, the list goes on), Drinkin' 'bout You...shit. The whole thing. Can't wait for the article, Chuck.

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:31 (sixteen years ago) link

...and those "Hey ya" are hardly a booty (or bullride) call. It's great use of trope.

frankE (frankE), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Good god he was such a dork back in the day:
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000001DXU.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Doobie Keebler (Charles McCain), Thursday, 27 May 2004 18:38 (sixteen years ago) link

< giggles >

Joseph McCombs, Thursday, 27 May 2004 19:43 (sixteen years ago) link

the wierdest thing about the Big and Rich thing last nite, was whoever the girl singer that performed before then (didn't see her just caught her right as she got done)....suddenely raised her hands in a jesus pose and exclaimed "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN....COUNTRY MUSIC.....WITHOUT PREJUDICE!!!!" (George Michael reference?? you never know??) and then fell into the crowd like one of those trust building excerises and they caught her and then Big and Rich came out and the one dude was wearing a weird top hat....

I were very confused.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 27 May 2004 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I will now be hearing all Dan's posts in the voice of Cowboy Troy (?)

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 27 May 2004 20:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Wait, was the girl singer Grethen Wilson (who now has the second most popular album in the United States, half written by half of Big & Rich)? Did she do "Redneck Woman"?? Must've been. Damn, I missed her..

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 20:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Somebody started a Big & Rich thread, by the way:

Big & Rich: Album of the Decade?

chuck, Thursday, 27 May 2004 20:33 (sixteen years ago) link

"I Love This Bar" is
a big metaphor: the bar
is country music

as no other bar
would contain the many kinds
of types of people

but the radio
is the great big leveler,
there's no cover charge

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 27 May 2004 20:47 (sixteen years ago) link

i dont think that toby keith is that interesting, for having such a long career he is better at riding the zeitgeist, and this is from someone who adores redneck jingoism in his country (ie The Fighting Side of Me or the ouervere of Charlie Daniels.)

The Chicks did well last year, didnt expect them to do well this year.

anthony, Friday, 28 May 2004 05:25 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Matos was right about Big & Rich, I have to say.

Anyway, I'm all about Toby's red, white and blue ear monitor here. (Shot was from a show in Afghanistan last week.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 May 2007 17:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Ryan Adams - Toby Keith rant.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/12l582

MRZBW, Monday, 21 May 2007 17:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Toby Keith is a gigantic cock.

HI DERE, Monday, 21 May 2007 18:07 (thirteen years ago) link

ah, a man with good music and shit politics vs. a man with idk maybe good politics who used to do good music but now is shit.

toby's a much better comedian so he wins.

JoshLove, Monday, 21 May 2007 20:17 (thirteen years ago) link

four years pass...

"Ain't No Right Way" is one of the better political songs of the last decade -- so damn pained!

Should I get Big Dog Daddy next?

livin in my own private Biden hole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 7 August 2011 13:33 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

man I heard "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" on the radio today & got seriously pumped up---totally effective & fabulous song, despite my ambiguities with the ideal it propounds. They played "Made In America" about an hour later & here I am driving in the heartland in an army town, with soldiers having been sitting in the front of my classroom today as it is each term here, and Keith's got me again; he's very good at what he does!

Euler, Thursday, 25 August 2011 22:46 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

"Red Solo Cup" has quietly become the sort of inescapable perennial heard at barbeques.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:23 (eight years ago) link

it was released barely 6 months ago, it's just entering its first barbecue season!

shipl.de.al (some dude), Friday, 8 June 2012 01:52 (eight years ago) link

Who are you even kidding?

how's life, Friday, 8 June 2012 22:53 (eight years ago) link

it's an even more try-hard i got friends in low places and not as good

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 June 2012 22:56 (eight years ago) link

but it's still ok

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 June 2012 22:56 (eight years ago) link

Went to a party last weekend and the bar stools had red solo cups painted on them, along with lyrics from the refrain.

how's life, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:23 (eight years ago) link

Heard it three times this weekend in three different places.

"I Love This Bar" >>> "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" >>>>>> "Red Solo Cup"

but who am I kdding

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:26 (eight years ago) link

I've never actually heard "Red Solo Cup," but I mentioned it the other day and was mildly surprised that people knew what I was talking about. (The only contemporary country fan I know IRL is my mom.)

Never translate Dutch (jaymc), Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:08 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

"I Love This Bar" is pretty good, isn't it?

Geoffrey Schweppes (jaymc), Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:01 (seven years ago) link

Yes. The 2002-2006 period is worth a Spotify playlist.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:06 (seven years ago) link

I love I Love This Bar, whatta melody on the chorus.

Euler, Thursday, 8 August 2013 01:46 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

i'm not happy about this

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:37 (four years ago) link

stealing the young girls' hearts

example (crüt), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:41 (four years ago) link

for a while he was a Democrat. RIP.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:54 (four years ago) link

Wow what a surprise he turns out to be a shithead who could have seen it coming

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:28 (four years ago) link

musician who makes bombastic songs for republicans turns out to support bombastic republican president

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:14 (four years ago) link

like, I'm sure it was fun for the people playing 20-dimensional music critic chess with this guy's not-remotely-murky politics (if you qualify as a celebrity, which if you're a musician giving an interview in a major publication you qualify as in this metaphor, the political views you claim in an interview are whichever views will best "activate" and/or placate the fans) but come on

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:47 (four years ago) link

for a while he was a Democrat

Hey, remember Zell Miller?

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:50 (four years ago) link

well, I never gave a shit about his politics, which were obvious from about 1998 onwards. But he still made good records until 2006 so

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:50 (four years ago) link

Hey, remember Zell Miller?

― Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱),

and George Wallace

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:51 (four years ago) link

Toby Keith is a gigantic cock.

― HI DERE, Monday, May 21, 2007 2:07 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I still stand by this.

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:57 (four years ago) link

also, he looks like bathing offends him

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:00 (four years ago) link

They don't call them the Great Unwashed for nothing.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 16:17 (four years ago) link

i wanna talk about me & as good as i once was are all-time songs and it's hard for me to reconcile the cleverness and self-awareness of them with someone who'd agree to play for fucking donald trump, and actually this is one of the awfulest things about people like trump, or marine le pen, or other shit-stirring know-nothing populist nativist dickbags, is they end up appealing to some otherwise fine, funny, decent, interesting people who unfortunately have been culturally isolated enough to not think very deeply about what they're getting into and suddenly before you know it they're posting racist facebook memes

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 19:56 (four years ago) link

he still made good records until 2006 so

this. plus a handful of really good singles for four or five years after that.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:25 (four years ago) link

they end up appealing to some otherwise fine, funny, decent, interesting people who unfortunately have been culturally isolated enough to not think very deeply about what they're getting into

i don't think toby keith is culturally isolated, and i assume he does think about what he's getting into. i also assume, based on keith and assorted others who said yes to this gig, that not having had a hit in several years makes it either a) easier to say yes or b) harder to say no, or both.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:30 (four years ago) link

he also wrote a song about kicking terrorists in the ass with your boot

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:32 (four years ago) link

toby keith also played the RNC, it didn't come out of nowhere (he said he "would have played the DNC if they offeredd" but that's kind of like me saying that I'd accept $1 million from trump if he offered: so unlikely a possibility as to be moot)

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:33 (four years ago) link

he also wrote a song about kicking terrorists in the ass with your boot

the one time i saw him live, about 10 years ago, he was great for the 80-ish minutes of his regular set, then he came back for the encore and the entire arena, not just him, turned into a red, white and blue kick-terrorists-in-the-ass-vote-republican-and-be-christian rally. it was legitimately scary. but those 80 minutes were still great.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:48 (four years ago) link

he also wrote a song about kicking terrorists in the ass with your boot

i kinda liked this song o_O

no you're right he doesn't really have the same excuses that say my jackass father-in-law does

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:58 (four years ago) link

it's not as poignant as Alan Jackson's

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:38 (four years ago) link

he also wrote a song about kicking terrorists in the ass with your boot

May very well be Trump's secret ISIS plan.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:48 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

"Beer for My Horses" just went by the radio and, wow, I can't believe any station would play this in 2020. Also, wtf, there was a movie??

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Thursday, 2 July 2020 15:13 (six months ago) link

Yeah, used to hear this on the radio all the time (back when I lived in a red state small town) and always did a double take at the lyrics. The awful thing is the chorus is kinda catchy so when I hear it on the radio I sometimes catch myself humming it later that day.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:33 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

NEWS: Amid impeachment effort, Trump is giving medals to @tobykeith and @RickySkaggs — national medal of the arts, several sources tell me

— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 13, 2021

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:23 (two weeks ago) link


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