When LeAnn Rimes took part in announcing the nominees Wednesday for the "44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards", she also became the only person to find out that she’d already won a trophy. She’ll receive the eighth Academy of Country Music/Home Depot Humanitarian Award during the show April 5 in Las Vegas.
LeAnn hadn’t expected it, and she certainly didn’t campaign for the recognition.
"I’ve been doing humanitarian work for many years, and you do it out of the goodness of your heart," she says. "I mean, the Humanitarian Award at the ACM’s never really crossed my mind. But it’s a huge honor."
LeAnn receives the award because of her work with such organizations as the Children’s Miracle Network, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Camp C.O.P.E., which helps kids of wounded veterans adjust to their parents’ changed lives. LeAnn’s also been involved in campaigns to bring awareness and comfort to people who suffer from eczema.
"I kind of have done little things here and there all over the place," LeAnn says. "It’s part of what I do. It makes me feel good, you know. It’s part of, I think, my responsibility as a human being — but as also a celebrity — to be able to do good for other people."
Previous winners of the Humanitarian Award include Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Lonestar and Rascal Flatts.