Country singer Toby Keith was honored by the Atlantic Council, an international think tank, for his “remarkable musical contributions and support for U.S. troops around the world.”
“Building an unparalleled musical legacy, a vibrant career at the top levels of entertainment and a business empire worthy of a Forbes cover isn't easy, but it's not complicated either. In Toby Keith's case, there's genius in the simplicity,” Keith's bio on the Atlantic Council's website reads.
One such example of Keith giving back happened 10 years ago, when he invited Trevor Scott, a child suffering from cancer, on stage to sing his hit song “American Soldier” with him as part of the Make-A-Wish program:
According to Rare, Scott successfully received a new liver three days later.
Keith accepted the award alongside Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe Phillip M. Breedlove and Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn A. Hewson.
The country singer, who has performed 11 USO tours, also performed “American Soldier” at the awards ceremony.