(Yahoo!) - Here's a surprising fact country music fans may not realize: Toby Keith has not been nominated for a Country Music Association Award in 7 whole years. He's up for one this year--his first nod since 2005--but that leads us to another surprising fact.
He's not going anywhere near the CMA Awards when they take place on Thursday.
"Hell no, I ain't showing up. I gotta go get a root canal that day, or something fun," the multiplatinum-selling star told Country Weekly this month.
Keith, a stalwart of the genre who's been releasing albums for nearly 20 years now and repeatedly appears on Forbes' list of top-earning country stars (he held the top slot in 2011, over Taylor Swift), has been nominated for 28 CMA Awards total in his career. However, he has only won two: One in 2001 for Male Vocalist of the Year, and one in 2005 for Music Video of the year.
It's no shock then that Keith has a somewhat cynical view of the show, which is considered the most prestigious in country music's conglomerate of awards ceremonies. He has a fairly detailed history of discontent with the CMAs, being pushed over the edge in 2003 and 2004 when, after receiving 13 total nominations, he won none. At that point, Keith claimed he was done and accused the program of being politically driven.
Keith released his latest album, Hope On The Rocks, October 30. The CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville November 1, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
READ MORE: Yahoo!
Photo Credit Getty Images