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.
People of a certain age can recall a time in America when a polyester-clad party host would reward late-night diehards with a "blue" record. These vinyl gems (or bootleg tapes) would be funny and frank, both in their language and adult subject matter. They paired well with alcohol, and just owning them could make someone a little cooler by association. Such a concept might mystify millennials who can punch up any song they imagine. But Toby Keith remembers.
This collection of ...
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