Blake Shelton and Toby Keith Make Country Cool with ‘Shoulda Been a Cowboy’

A collaboration between Toby Keith and Blake Shelton is something every country fan needed in life as the two busted out their chops for “Shoulda Been a Cowboy” during the 53rd Annual ACM Awards broadcast.

As a part of the throwback series that the awards ceremony introduced this year, Shelton raised Keith up with an admirable foreword before they took on the ’90s classic.

“It’s a great honor to be a part of this ACM flashback moment,” Shelton said during his introduction of the unique collaboration performance.

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 15: Toby Keith (L) and Blake Shelton perform onstage during the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Keith acted like a pro throughout the entire song, not missing a beat or a note just like he did when he recorded the song decades ago. The exciting moment roared up the crowd, as Shelton and Keith had unbelievable chemistry laughing throughout the end of their time on stage. To top it off, Keith raised his signature red Solo cup in the air to toast everyone in attendance while Shelton praised his country colleague with a few bows toward the legend.

Shelton performed by himself earlier in the night, by playing his most current single, “I Lived It,” to the ACM crowd. The song, which reflects a lot of the singer’s personal upbringing, left the audience connecting deeply to the message and they gave Shelton a standing ovation after he finished.

The 53rd Annual ACM Awards were hosted by Reba, and aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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