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Broadcast Music, Inc. will honor Toby Keith by presenting him with the BMI Icon Award at the 70th annual BMI Country Awards, to be held at company’s Nashville office on November 8.

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill will host the ceremony with Clay Bradley, BMI Vice President, Creative, Nashville.

BMI will also crown the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year, as well as salute the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs from BMI’s Country catalog at the invitation-only event.

The BMI Icon Award is given to exceptional songwriters in recognition of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.”

Toby Keith is one of Country’s biggest hitmakers. In 2015, he was inducted into the all-genre Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In 2021, he was bestowed the National Medal of Arts, inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and honored with the Academy of Country Music’s prestigious Merle Haggard Spirit Award.

“We are honored to present Toby Keith with this year’s BMI Icon Award. Since the release of his single ‘Should’ve Been A Cowboy’ in 1993, Toby has been the gold standard of songwriting in the modern era of Country music,” says Clay Bradley, BMI Vice President, Creative, Nashville.

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