Toby Keith is raising his red solo cup!
When accepting the trophy from fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton at the famous Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, the 62-year-old reflected on his decades-long career and the impact he’s made on multiple generations.
But before going into detail about his legacy, he began his acceptance speech with a lighthearted joke.
“I bet you never thought y’all’d see me in skinny jeans,” Toby, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2022, shared. “I want to thank the Almighty for allowing me to be here tonight, he’s been riding shot gun with me for a little while now.”
The “As Good as I Once Was” singer also praised those closest to him for standing by his side through thick and thin.
“I want to thank my beautiful family that’s here,” he continued. “A lot of people go in and make a career like this of 30 years.”