Toby Keith to Perform a Merle Haggard Tribute at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards

Toby Keith will celebrate his friend and musical hero Merle Haggard at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards

The country music superstar is set to perform a heartfelt tribute to the late legendary songwriter who inspired countless musicians and who is one of country music’s greatest icons. Haggard’s longtime back-up band, The Strangers, will join Keith as part of this memorable performance. Oscar®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will introduce the tribute.

In addition, Haggard’s widow, Theresa, will be in attendance along with other members of the Haggard family, including son Ben, who also will perform with The Strangers.

Keith joins previously announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, 2016 NASH Icon Award recipients Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and Carrie Underwood.

The 2016 American Country Countdown Awards airs live from the “Fabulous” Forum on Sunday, May 1st @ 8PM ET/PT on FOX.

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.