Darius Rucker Honored With CMA ‘Humanitarian Of The Year Award’
Darius Rucker received quite the surprise during his appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show earlier this week. Host Kelly Clarkson presented the country star with the CMA Humanitarian of the Year award.
Clarkson joked with her live audience, saying, “He really doesn’t know about it. This is not TV, this is real.” Rucker received his award on stage due to his many charitable efforts over the years and for helping those who need help.
The Country Music Association website states the following:
The CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award is for an individual who has served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism and advocacy. The individual recognized has evidenced commitment to worthwhile causes that are important to the Country Music Association and the Country Music community.
The CMA Humanitarian of the Year Award was previously given to Kix Brooks (2014), Steve Turner (2015), 2017 (Vince Gill), Randy Owen (2018), Brad Paisley (2020), Sheila Shipley Bidd, Tatum Hauck Allsep, and Dolly Parton (2021), and Michael T. Strickland (2022).
Rucker has always been one of country music’s biggest givers. This past summer, he held his 14th Annual Darius and Friends concert along with a golf tournament and silent auction in support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Since he pledged his support 15 years ago, the singer-songwriter has now helped raise more than $3.6 million for the organization.
In addition to his work with St. Jude, Rucker is also a supporter of over 200 nonprofit organizations residing in South Carolina with his Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation.
Rucker’s television appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show was in support of his new music released at the top of the month. His country album, Carolyn’s Boy, was the first solo album he’s released in six years.
Carolyn’s Boy consists of 14 tracks, including his No. 1 country radio single “Beers and Sunshine.” The album is a homage to his mother, Carolyn.