"Emotionally Gripping" Performance by Toby Keith

Legendary talent like Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Lacy J. Dalton, and Marty Stuart are present. 

Since Chris Stapleton is playing at the peak of his game, Brittney Spencer, Maren Morris, Dustin Lynch, and Joy Oladokun are also keeping up with the younger generation.

Old Dominion and Megan Moroney's star-studded duet is today's Disc of the Day.

Keith came to the program to accept a Country Icon award. Keith has been battling cancer. 

His rendition of "Don't Let the Old Man In" was intensely felt. Billboard called it the most powerful performance of the night, while E! News said that "there wasn't a dry eye in the room."

NBC's Backstage Live spoke with the Oklahoman musician on the red carpet, explaining that he picked that particular song to perform because, well, 

he's been fighting cancer for the past several years, and it's extremely inspirational for a lot of people. 

I also felt that it was appropriate to make my TV debut and play live in front of an audience.

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