Trace Adkins Honored for Humanitarian Efforts
Trace Adkins was celebrated as the artist humanitarian of the year by the Country Radio Broadcasters Wednesday (Feb. 24) at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. And he accepted the honor with typical humor and humility. Trace was presented the award by last year's recipient, Alabama lead singer Randy Owen, and upon receiving it, he noted, "What an honor. The first concert I ever went to was Whitesnake. The second was Alabama."
CMT reports that Trace joked to the audience of radio programmers that he's worthy of the humanitarian award because "I've never killed anybody." He then added, "I've thought about it. Maybe some of you." Taking a more serious tone, Trace acknowledged, "I do what I can. It's miniscule, it seems. We just try to help out when we see needs. I'm not deserving of this."
Among the efforts for which he was honored, Trace has performed for U.S. troops during two USO tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. He actively supports several charities, including the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Wounded Warrior Project. After being presented the award, Trace's accomplishments were highlighted in a video presentation, but a technical glitch caused the video to stop playing just as his charitable work was being listed. Trace then walked back to the microphone, saying, "That's embarrassing enough. Thank you very much."