Toby Keith To Skip CMAs, Possibly Forever

By: Amanda Crum - November 1, 2012

Toby Keith, who has seen his star rise over the years with hit songs like “Wanna Talk About Me” and “Red Solo Cup”, says he is forgoing the Country Music Awards once again this year…and possibly won’t be back.

“Your industry can get behind you and crank you up and make you a household name, help you get there. Or you can be abandoned like I was,” Keith said. “I’m not going to leave it up to this industry that I’m in to give me any support.”

Keith says the awards show has snubbed him since 2005, although before that year he was nominated for a whopping 27 awards and took home two. This year, however, he’s nominated for Music Video Of The Year for “Red Solo Cup”, but that’s not enough to make him break down and attend.

“I ain’t showing up. I gotta go get a root canal that day, or something fun,” he said.

Don’t feel too bad for the singer, though; with his own clothing line, brand of alcohol, a film production company, and an acting career as well as his music, he’s one of the top paid entertainers in the country, coming in just behind Beyonce and The Police with $48 million earned last year.

“That’s the one I want to win,” he said, “I want to be the Mac Daddy of Forbes!”

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  • http://yahoo angie dickson

    im not suprised. toby keith has been known as the black sheep of the c/w music industry for what makes him liked and well known.we all love the bad boy

  • erick stock

    toby kieth what a bag of sh#t all he wants is to hear himself talk

  • Katherine

    I agree with Toby!!! I have spent MANY years just KNOWING that Toby would win! Instead Keith Urban and Taylor Swift (to name a few) won when they were just starting and didn’t have the experience or years spent in this business that Toby did even 10 years ago!!GO TOBY!!! Your REAL fans applaud you and will stand behind you!!!

  • johnny

    If he made an effort to creat “real” music, he might win more awards. Instead, he continues to create trash, comparable to nickelback. No one will miss his lack talent…

    • Marnie

      Aw, no need to trash Nickelback. They’re two different types of music. Toby: QUIT YOUR BAWLING AND MAKE SOMETHING WORTH LISTENING TO.

  • Doug Brown

    Boo hoo! Poor Toby! The ‘industry that dosen’t support him’ has made him the third richest entertainer. There are many performers in all entertainment arenas that have never even been nominated for an award. Look, the noms are made by the other artists. Maybe they really feel ‘gasp!’, the work is not good enough. Must be a liberal plot!

  • Elsid

    He’s really downhome and authentic country. LOL. He wants awards and to be on the Forbes billionaire list.

  • Pamela Brown

    I have watched Toby perform since 1993! He was and will always be a wonderful, talented, unique and a kind performer. The man LOVES his fans and supports our troops more than ANYONE else I know in this industry.The man did not need the CMA Award to justify his feeling of success. He doesn’t owe anyone-anything! I’ve watched him climb to the top and all I can say is, “WOW! What a ride!” Stay true to yourself, Toby!

  • Guest

    Turns out Toby was right…..Blake Shelton???Please. And Miranda Lambert…Really? It’s obvious they play favorites at the CMAs, and not even fan favorites…fortunately, no one ever holds the limelight for very long.