Kelsea Ballerini hosts the 2024 CMT Music Awards, which feature a Toby Keith tribute (Part-2).

Wilson performed frequently and won female video of the year for “Watermelon Moonshine.” “Thank you for supporting women in country,” she told the audience. Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush performed with Little Big Town at CMT for the first time since 2011. Six singers covered Phil Collins' “Take Me Home.”  

The inaugural June Carter Cash Humanitarian Award honors musicians or industry veterans who show “an exceptional dedication to community and their fellow artists, embodying June’s spirit as a fierce advocate and initiator in paying it forward,” according to a statement. Trisha Yearwood received it

The country singer was awarded for her Habitat for Humanity and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter activities Week Project activities. “I don’t think anyone who’s ever gotten a humanitarian award has thought they deserve it,” she said, agreeing before addressing the prize's namesake.  

June Carter Cash was married to a force. I know a little about that,” she said, referring to her husband Garth Brooks, before praising Carter Cash for highlighting her own successes.  

“She was strong in a very human way,” Yearwood said. Later that night, she sang “Put It in a Song,” an acoustic ballad from her upcoming album.  

In an all-star homage to Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn sang Keith's 1993 breakout smash “Should've Been A Cowboy,” Sammy Hagar performed “I Love This Bar,” and Lainey Wilson performed “How Do You Like Me Now.” The award show's emotional center was later. Keith's longstanding band backed them.  

After being diagnosed with stomach cancer, Keith, a country singer who heated up critics and had millions of admirers, died in February at 62. Ashley McBryde and Jelly Roll hoisted their red solo cups in celebration of the musician, who immortalized the modest plastic cups in his 2011 single, “Red Solo Cup.”  

Keith's longtime friend and baseball legend Roger Clemens, his eyes watering, thanked Keith's wife and children in the crowd for sharing their husband and father with the world after the musical tributes. Clemens toasts those on stage, in the crowd, and at home: Follow me. Keith and Willie Nelson's comedy tune "Whiskey for my men, and beer for my horses"  

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