Toby Keith Inducted into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame by Mac McAnally and Ronnie Dunn

by Chris Haney
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On Monday night, country star Toby Keith got inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame by two famous musicians who are already members of the Hall themselves.

The “Red Solo Cup” singer is one of ten new members to the prestigious Hall of Fame. Since the Covid-19 pandemic delayed last year’s annual event, the hall inducted both the classes of 2020 and 2021. Keith joined Amy Grant, Rhett Akins, Buddy Cannon, and John Scott Sherrill as part of this year’s class. Additionally, the Hall inducted Kent Blazy, Brett James, Spooner Oldham, Steve Earle, and Bobbie Gentry who made up the class of 2020.

Two members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame honored Toby Keith as they inducted him last night. Brooks & Dunn’s very own Ronnie Dunn performed Keith’s first No. 1 hit “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” at the event. Songwriter Mac McAnally also helped induct the new member to the Hall.

“Last night, Toby was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2021. He was inducted and honored by Hall of Fame members @macmcanally and @ronniedunn. Ronnie performed Toby’s first #1 hit – which became the most played country song of the 1990s – ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy,'” Toby Keith’s account captioned the post.

Toby Keith Joined By Numerous Members of the Country Music Community at Star-Studded Event

Country music stars such as Toby Keith, Rhett Atkins, Steve Earle, and many more came together last night for their Hall of Fame inductions. However, those that were honored weren’t the only famous musicians in attendance.

Some of country music’s brightest stars showed up to perform, speak, and celebrate along with the inductees. One of the biggest superstars within country music attended last night to honor her friend and songwriter Brett James. Carrie Underwood not only made an appearance, but she performed as well.

“Congrats to my friend @brettjamessongs on being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame! We’ve spent a lot of time together and written a lot of songs together. And not only are you an incredible songwriter, but you are also an all-around great person. I can think of no one more deserving! Thank you for allowing us to celebrate you! #HillaryLindsey @gordiesampson #JesusTakeTheWheel,” Underwood wrote.

Unlike Toby Keith and the 2021 class of songwriters, Brett James and the rest of the 2020 class missed out on last year’s annual gala event. When speaking before Monday’s ceremony, he shared his excitement over finally getting to celebrate with his friends and peers within the country music community.

“My favorite part of being a songwriter is being part of this community,” James explained. “This is one of the first nights we’ve gotten back together. So I think it will be really special, and really exciting.”