There wasn’t one country music star who didn’t step up when Music City was devastated by the recent flood that wiped out many landmarks, such as the Grand Ole Opry. The stars all banded together and reached out to the community and started to rebuild the town they love.
The winners on last night’s CMA’s care a lot about the community, and in addition to performing in various benefit concerts, each winner has a cause that they really care about. Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMA's were a night to remember.
Zac Bown Band, New Artist of the Year- The band is known for performing in charity concerts when something devastates the country (such as the oil spill in the Gulf). But the band is actually involved with the troops more than anything. They have done several USO tours and will be in Iraq again this year.
Lady Antebellum, Vocal Group of the Year & Single of the Year- In addition to performing in charity concerts, Lady A supports the Mocha Club, which is an online community of people giving up the cost of 2 mochas a month, or $7 to fund relief and development projects in Africa. Their main focus is clean water, education, women, children and healthcare.
Sugarland, Vocal Duo of the Year- This country duo is not only topping the charts, but they are busy with charities as well. In 2008 they launched Common Thread, a series of musical events enabling artists to come together to share music and raise money for their favorite charities. It raised funds for the American Cancer Society, and the American Liver Foundation, among others. Following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, they sang the remake of We Are the World as part of Artists for Haiti. In addition to that, Jennifer Nettles supports the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation which helps to eliminate cancers affecting women.
Brad Paisley, Entertainer of the Year- Not only did he win the biggest award of the night, we would say Brad wins for the most charitable country concert ever. He donated many tickets to Tickets for Charity, which benefited many causes. He also drew attention to the lack of clean water around the world through special events and promotions at each stop. And if you want to meet Brad at one of his concerts, he has been known to ask you to bring some canned food! The people with the most donations get backstage.
Miranda Lambert, Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year; Song of the Year & Video of the Year- This country cutie won the most awards of the night! She is always tweeting her love for animals, and encouraging her fans to support neglected pets. She actively supports the Mutt Nation Foundation, which saves unwanted, abused and neglected pets.
Blake Shelton, Male Vocalist of the Year- Blake supports Light the Night, and even donates items to be bid on. Light the Night walks take place on fall evenings in communities across the U.S. and Canada, the walk is to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's fundraising event to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer.
Looks like these country stars are busy! Congrats on your wins last night guys, you’re an inspiration to fans everywhere.