McGraw and Hill were cited for their numerous activities to support of worthy causes. In 2004, they established Neighbor's Keeper, a nonprofit organization to help people in need and strengthen communities. Their many other charitable activities include raising money and calling attention to the plight of victims in Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Last year, they produced and hosted a Nashville Rising concert to raise money for flood relief efforts in Middle Tennessee.
"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 in accepting the award. "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."
"It sounds like a cliché at the end of the day ... but we do think that we are better people for it," McGraw said of the personal fulfillment from the charity work. "We know we are better people for it. 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."
Country Radio Seminar continues through Friday (March 4) with a series of educational sessions and artist showcases. The Universal Music Group Nashville presented most of its artists during a Wednesday luncheon concert at the Ryman Auditorium.