Country star Kix Brooks is to be feted by the Country Music Association (CMA) for his philanthropic efforts over the years.
Organizers of the CMA Awards in collaboration with the CMA Foundation created a new prize to honor a country music professional who has "served as a humanitarian through community leadership, financial support, personal volunteerism and advocacy".
Brooks has been chosen to receive the very first CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award for championing numerous good causes, including serving on the boards of the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Monroe Harding Children's Home and the Veterans Matter organization.
The singer shares his gratitude for the inaugural prize in a statement which reads, "It's embarrassing to be singled out in such a giving community. It's easy to look around and be inspired by people who do more. I'll keep trying - this is very special."
Brooks, who served as one half of Brooks & Dunn for 20 years before launching a solo career in 2012, will receive the trophy during a ceremony in January (15).