June 19, 2015 originally posted on Examiner.com by this author/self.
What do Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry all have in common? Each of these songwriters have now been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame 46th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner was held in New York on June 19 to celebrate these awards plus other honorees: Lady Gaga, Van Morrison, Nate Ruess and John LoFrumento.
Our topic tonight is focused on Toby Keith, singer and songwriter extraordinaire, as we think he is one of the big representatives of country music and all that it stands for. We are reminded of one of the popular songs he sings “How Do You Like Me Now?” and we can well imagine that is what he may be thinking these days, giving the old eagle eye and a cocky grin to all of those detractors who never seemed to want to welcome him into the ‘club’ of the well-known and respected country music artists and seemingly ignored him over the span of several years when it came time for the country music awards shows.
From the Songwriters Hall of Fame webpages:
Stephen Colbert…on stage to induct Toby Keith,…
Toby wowed the crowd with …“Clancy’s Tavern,” with Scott Emerick on guitar.
Of his award, Toby said that it is “the only thing I ever wanted.”
Congratulations to Toby Keith and all of the other honorees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. You can each be proud of this accomplishment as each of you now has your name written down in history in the annals of the Songwriters Hall of Fame!