Carrie Underwood Covers The Hell Out Of Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” At BMI Awards Last Night

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“Should’ve been a cowboy…”

If that one doesn’t get a crowd fired up, I don’t know what will.

The song became Toby Keith’s very first #1 hit back in the early 90’s, and last night, Carrie Underwood was on-hand at the BMI Country Awards to honor him with a fantastic rendition of his hit song.

She honored him at Tuesday evening’s awards show, which recognizers the songwriters and publishers behind the 50 most-performed country songs of the year.

Toby was there to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of recording his 1993 hit “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” as he received the BMI Icon award for the honor. Hardy was also honored with the 2022 BMI Country Songwriter of the Year Award during the show.

A solo write by Toby, “Cowboy” was released in 1993 as his debut single, when it peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became one of his signature songs. It has since been certified Gold by the RIAA.

And he was on hand at the show to accept the award yesterday, marking one of his first public appearances since battling stomach cancer for the past six months, which is great to see.

While this isn’t necessarily the cover I ever expected, Mrs. Carrie certainly did her fellow Okie justice with her performance and absolutely crushed her cover:

Carrie is also set to perform at the CMA Awards tonight with Reba and Miranda Lambert, as they’ll be opening the show with what’s sure to be an incredible tribute to the late, great Loretta Lynn.

This years 56th CMA Awards show will air live on ABC, with Peyton Manning and Luke Bryan co-hosting live from Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena.

“Should’ve Been A Cowboy”

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