Kenny Chesney has been named the recipient of the 2020 Artist Humanitarian Award by the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) for his ongoing charitable work.
Notably, Kenny’s Love for Love City Foundation helped spearhead the rebuilding of St. John after the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. In addition to humanitarian aid and working with local teams to facilitate clean-up and rebuilding, Kenny and his staff worked to rescue and relocate more than 2,000 displaced animals of St. Thomas and St. John. The proceeds from Kenny’s 2018 album, Songs for the Saints—more than $1.1 million to date—benefited the Love for Love City Foundation.
Over the years, Kenny has also partnered with a number of charitable organizations, including MusiCares, the Red Cross, Farm Aid, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ACM Lifting Lives, the CMA Foundation, Kids Wish Network and more.
“I was raised to lend a hand where I could, but also to reach out quietly and keep the focus on the people who need the help,” says Kenny. “I’ve always tried to do the right thing where I could, but this award really belongs to all the people I’ve met over the years who are rebuilding their lives, their homes, their world. Watching them come together—the courage, the hours and strength they give to these things—my award is getting to be inspired by what these people have accomplished.”
The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career. Past recipients include Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels and more.
Kenny will be presented with the award at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville on Feb. 19.
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