Keith, Skaggs receive National Medal of Arts honors
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Keith, Skaggs receive National Medal of Arts honors

Thursday, January 14, 2021 – Toby Keith and Ricky Skaggs received National Medal of Arts awards from President Trump on Wednesday.

Keith was honored "for making extraordinary contributions to American music. Rising from humble beginnings in the oil fields of Oklahoma, Toby Keith has become one of the preeminent songwriters of his generation," a White House press release said.

Skagg was honored for "his contributions to the American music industry. A virtuoso of the mandolin and fiddle, Ricky Skaggs creates and produces bluegrass music that preserves the musical legacy of the most talented artists of his generation."

Others honored include photojournalist Nick Ut , National Gallery of Art Director Earl "Rusty" Powell III and opera singer Mary Costa.

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the government.


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