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Toby Keith Raises Fund for Cancer Research

Country singer Toby Keith will give a special performance at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night.

Toby Keith

Keith will sing "Cryin' for Me (Wayman's Song)" with Dave Koz in support of Stand Up to Cancer, the charity selected this year by ACM Lifting Lives. Keith wrote the song in memory of his friend and fellow musician, Wayman Tisdale, a former NBA player and accomplished jazz bassist, who passed away unexpectedly last May from complications resulting from cancer treatments that had seemingly cured him.

Others performing at the CMAs Sunday include Laura Bell Bundy, Billy Currington, John Fogerty, Jack Ingram featuring Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker. Presenters include Kristen Bell, Jamie Foxx, Julianne Hough, LL Cool J, Matthew McConaughey and LeAnn Rimes.

The ceremony, which honors country music's top talent, is broadcasting live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) on CBS. For a complete list of nominees, visit acmcountry.com.

ACM Lifting Lives is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Last year, ACM Lifting Lives raised $100,000 for Wounded Warrior Project from downloads and direct donations as a result of Trace Adkins' performance on the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

For more information, please visit www.LiftingLives.org and www.standup2cancer.org.