Toby Keith Receives Multiple BMI Million-Air Certifications

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Phil Graham and Leslie Roberts, BMI singer-songwriter Toby Keith, BMI’s David Preston, BMI songwriter Scotty Emerick, BMI’s Jody Williams. Photo: Nathan Zucker

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Phil Graham and Leslie Roberts, BMI singer-songwriter Toby Keith, BMI’s David Preston, BMI songwriter Scotty Emerick, BMI’s Jody Williams. Photo: Nathan Zucker

Toby Keith was awarded BMI Million-Air certificates for seven hit songs on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 30) at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. The songs awarded totaled 23 million radio plays.

BMI executive David Preston presented Keith with the following certificates signifying the number of spins at country radio:

“How Do You Like Me Now” – 5 million performances
“Beer For My Horses”- 4 million performances
“You Ain’t Much Fun” with 4 million
“American Soldier” – 3 million performances
“Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” – 3 million performances
“God Love Her” – 2 million performances
“You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This”- 2 million performances

Toby Keith. Photo: Nathan Zucker

Toby Keith. Photo: Nathan Zucker

During his remarks, Keith told the crowd, “Going into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City [in 2015] was the pinnacle reward I’ve been given. Songwriters, keep on writing songs because it’s the lifeblood of this industry and things like this can happen. Dreams can come true.”

Keith is a three time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, with Million-Air certificates for many tracks, including “I Love This Bar” and “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.”

Pictured (L-R): Toby Keith and BMI's Jody Williams. Photo: Nathan Zucker

Pictured (L-R): Toby Keith and BMI’s Jody Williams. Photo: Nathan Zucker

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