Toby Keith to Receive Country Icon Award at the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards

Music legend Toby Keith will be honored with the Country Icon Award at the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards. Plus, Keith, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, HARDY and more to perform.

By Brett Malec Sep 15, 2023 3:02 PMTags
Watch: 2022 People's Choice Awards Fashion Round-Up

UPDATE: Country music legend Toby Keith will receive the Country Icon Award at the 2023 People's Choice Country Awards with a heartfelt tribute by fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton, NBC and Peacock announced July 18. The singer will be recognized for his decades-long career as a groundbreaking musician, humanitarian and entrepreneur.  

Plus, Keith, Shelton and fellow country superstars Carly Pearce, Dan + Shay, HARDY, Jelly Roll, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Wynonna Judd will all take the iconic Grand Ole Opry House stage to perform their biggest hits during the ceremony.


The People's Choice Awards is expanding.

On March 9, NBC announced the first-ever People's Choice Country Awards is set to air live from the world-famous Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville on Sept. 28, 2023 across NBC and Peacock.

The two-hour ceremony will "lean into the rich connection between country music and the Opry through chart-topping musical performances, genre-bending collaborations, legendary tributes and surprise moments," NBC revealed.   

Candid Moments at the 2022 People's Choice Awards

With the People's Choice Awards being the only totally fan-voted award show, country music lovers and pop culture fanatics will choose all the winners across various categories through online voting. Several honorary awards will also be bestowed during the telecast.  

Richard McLaren

The People's Choice Country Awards will extend to social platforms with All-Access Live bringing fans at home a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest moments from the night.

"We're excited to partner with the Grand Ole Opry to bring the year's biggest celebration in country music to Nashville," said Cassandra Tryon, Senior Vice President, Live Events, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. "Country fans are passionate about their music and there's no better place to host this event than from country music's biggest stage." 

The 2022 People's Choice Awards, hosted by Kenan Thompson, aired last December and honored Hollywood icons like Ryan Reynolds, Shania Twain and Lizzo. (See all the winners here).

The telecast is produced by Den of Thieves with Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski serving as Executive Producers.

Don't miss the first-ever People's Choice Country Awards on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. on NBC and Peacock.

Keep scrolling to relive all the jaw-dropping red carpet fashion from the 2022 People's Choice Awards.

Shania Twain

In Custom Rodarte

Dwyane Wade

In Louis Vuitton, Styled by Jason Bolden

Ellen Pompeo

Carrie Underwood

Ryan Reynolds

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

In Giambattista Valli

Billy Porter

Styled by Christian Stroble

Olivia Wilde

In Christian Dior, Styled by Karla Welch

Sarah Hyland

In Vera Wang, Styled by Brad Goreski and Daniela Romero

Heidi Klum

In Yannik Zamboni 

Mariska Hargitay

In Theory and Emilia Wickstead

Selma Blair

In Oscar de la Renta, Styled by Elizabeth Stewart

Emma Slater


Kathy Hilton

In Valentino 

Noah Schnapp

In Fendi

Dorit Kemsley

Amanza Smith

Rachel Recchia

In Bianca and Bridgett, Styled by Lisa Marie Cameron 

Gabby Windey

In Miss Circle

McKenna Grace

Montana Tucker


Nikki Glaser

In Balmain


In Vintage Dior, Styled by Lauren Jeworski

Tana Mongeau


Loren Gray

Pretty Vee

Lauren Spencer-Smith

Brooke Schofield

Jessica & Niecy Nash-Betts

Caterina Scorsone

View More Photos From People's Choice Awards 2022: Red Carpet Fashion

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(Originally published March 9, 2023 at 3 p.m. PT)

Check out E! News' People's Choice Country Awards page for a full recap of every show-stopping moment and photos from the inaugural ceremony.