Keith Urban has received the Country Radio Broadcasters 2016 Artist Humanitarian Award for his charity work!
According to PEOPLE, the country singer was honored with the award at the opening of the Country Radio Seminar broadcasters’ annual gathering in Nashville on Monday (Feb. 8). Last year’s recipients, Lady Antebellum, presented Keith with the award, with group member Dave Haywood saying, “Most of [Keith’s charity] efforts we’ll never know, because he’s that humble. He’s a true humanitarian from the depths of his being.”
As Keith accepted his award, he admitted that his childhood home in Australia burning down inspired him to give back on a consistent basis. The incident happened about a year after his parents had joined a country music club in Brisbane. “We were all okay, but we lost all our belongings, which wasn’t much, but it was everything we had,” Keith stated. “And without hesitation, our country music club immediately put on a fundraiser for us.” He also thanked his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, who was at the event, sharing her charity efforts as well. “I’m just extremely grateful that I’ve been able to bring a spotlight – my wife and I both have – to causes that mean something to us and hopefully can benefit from it,” he said.
Keith has been involved with a variety of charities over the years, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, MusiCares, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, and the Navy SEAL Foundation. In a collaboration with Vince Gill, he also helped raise almost $3 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with the duo’s series of “All for the Hall” concerts!
It’s great to see Keith honored for all of his hard work over the years! He has made such an impact, and continues to use his platform to help others. Congrats to him!
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