The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) today announced that award-winning superstar Toby Keith will receive NMPA’s 2013 Songwriter Icon Award which will be presented at NMPA’s Annual Meeting in New York City on June 12th.
“The NMPA is pleased to recognize Toby Keith and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch for their contributions to songwriting, music publishing and creator’s rights,” said NMPA President and CEO David Israelite. “Toby Keith’s talent as a singer/songwriter is remarkable, but his dedication to fans, his work with the USO, and his commitment to music and songwriting as a craft has greatly influenced the industry.”
The Songwriter Icon Award recognizes outstanding songwriters for personal achievement and embodiment of the vision of NMPA. Keith’s albums have sold more than 37 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard’s Top 200 Artists of the Decade. He was also named Billboard’s No. 1 Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade.
A key factor in his success is that Keith has remained the principle songwriter behind most of his hits. With more than 80 million BMI airplay performances on commercial radio stations worldwide, he is among the top singer/songwriters of all time in any genre. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) recently honored Keith with several BMI “Million-Air” Awards representing songwriting and publishing credits for some of Keith’s biggest hits. Also included in his many accolades are being named Songwriter/Artist of the Decade by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year and being named the American Country Awards’ Artist of the Decade.
Topping even those many impressive accomplishments, Keith continues to devote his time and support to giving back to others. Whether it be helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation or by supporting US Troops through his on-going participation in USO Tours, Keith has not lost touch with the important things in life.