Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Receive Artist Humanitarian Award
As a husband and wife team, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill don't just conquer the country music scene -- they like to help people in need, too. Accordingly, the Country Radio Broadcasters organization presented McGraw and Hill with the Artist Humanitarian Award on Wednesday in Nashville. Trace Adkins, last year's recipient, made the actual hand-off -- but 2011 will be the country couple's year to shine for their charitable efforts in helping hurricane Katrina victims, providing relief for those affected by the Nashville flood, and raising money and strengthening communities in general.
"Being honored for our humanitarian work, while incredibly humbling, is also bittersweet for us because it comes at the expense of others who are suffering through hard times," Hill said Wednesday. "People just like us -- with families, brothers, sisters, children and friends -- need our help. People with or without homes, with or without jobs, with or without families, the fact is that uncontrollable and unforeseen disasters are not discriminating."
Her husband chimed in, "We've been inspired and enlightened. ... The courage, the grit, the determination of those in need and those who are helping each other are always awe-inspiring to us. And that's what we dedicate this award to -- people who help each other," McGraw said, adding, "It sounds like a cliché at the end of the day ... but we do think that we are better people for it."
The Artist Humanitarian Award was presented by Country Radio Broadcasters at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.