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Jason Aldean to Honor Toby Keith with Performance at 2024 ACM Awards in Frisco

The time has come to raise a red cup alone. Jason Aldean will pay tribute to the late Toby Keith at the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The 59th ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will take place on May 16 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Over the course of his career, Keith took home 14 ACM Awards and twice won the top award for entertainer of the year. He died in February at age 62, following a diagnosis of stomach cancer.

“I’ve been a fan of his since the beginning and his songs are some of the first I played in clubs early in my career, including the one I’ll be performing on the show,” Aldean said in a statement. “I was lucky enough to share the stage with Toby in Oklahoma last year, and it means a lot to be able to honor him and properly celebrate his iconic career and legacy. He was one of a kind.”

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Having Aldean, the most recent artist of the decade to receive Keith’s honor, made sense, ACM CEO Damon Whiteside said in a statement.

“The popularity, influence and love for Toby Keith is endless since his passing earlier this year,” Whiteside said, adding that the academy looked forward to welcoming Keith’s family.

Luke Combs leads the 2024 nominations with eight nominations. For the fifth year in a row, he is nominated for both Male Artist of the Year and Female Artist of the Year.

Megan Moroney and Morgan Wallen follow with six each, while Cody Johnson, Chris Stapleton and Lainey Wilson are tied with five.

Kane Brown, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Post Malone, Parker McCollum, McEntire, Wilson and Stapleton will perform during the broadcast. Fans can also expect some interesting collaborations: Kelsea Ballerini with Noah Kahan; Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani and Nate Smith with Avril Lavigne.

Presenters include Alabama, BRELAND, Carin León, Little Big Town, Randy Travis.

The awards will stream on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch Live at 8 pm ET. The red carpet broadcast will begin at 7 p.m.

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Toby Keith appears at the CMT Music Awards, in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 14, 2008, left,...
Toby Keith appears at the CMT Music Awards, in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 14, 2008, left, and Jason Aldean appears at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 29, 2024. Aldean will honor Toby Keith with a performance at the 2024 ACM Awards. (AP Photo)(Uncredited / ASSOCIATED PRESS)