Trisha Yearwood To Receive Inaugural June Carter Cash Humanitarian Award At CMT Music Awards

Yearwood says she’s “humbled” to receive the award.


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 25, 2024

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Trisha Yearwood; Photo by Russ Harrington

On April 7, Trisha Yearwood will make her first CMT Music Awards appearance since 2019 to accept her honor of being the first-ever recipient of the June Carter Cash Humanitarian Award. 

This award pays homage to country trailblazer, June Carter Cash, as it aims to recognize an artist, duo/group or industry veteran who has exhibited an outstanding commitment to their community as well as to their fellow artists. According to a recent press release, it was named after and inspired by Carter as a result of her work as a “fierce advocate and initiator in paying it forward, helping others find their voice and using their platform to inspire and uplift others.”

“We are thrilled to honor the incomparable Trisha Yearwood with the inaugural June Carter Cash Humanitarian Award at this year’s show,” shared CMT Music Awards Executive Producers. “Trisha has a unique ability to rally a community, whether that may be families in need with Habitat for Humanity, or uplifting her fellow artists and entertainers trying to carve a path in the industry. She embodies the bold strength of June, who tirelessly devoted herself to service and community, and the namesake for this award. Both multi-hyphenate trailblazers eloquently crafted a script for others to model, letting their hearts and authenticity guide their personal, professional and public lives.”

The “She’s In Love With The Boy” singer has stacked up an impressive resume of her philanthropic efforts, such as her long-standing work with Habitat for Humanity over the past two decades, which includes the Carter Work Project and National Women Build Week. She was also named a Habitat Humanitarian in 2016 with her husband Garth Brooks.  

Yearwood has also initiated charitable efforts with organizations such as Dottie’s Yard to help animal rescues, Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, Humane Society, Grammy Foundation MusiCares, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Susan B. Komen Foundation, among many others. 

When it comes to leading the way for her fellow female artists, Yearwood is considered to be a trailblazer and a true role model in her own right. She proved herself capable of holding such a valued role when she headed the “Five Decades, One Voice” initiative and worked closely with the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum to protect country music’s heritage and ensure the legacy of country legends who came before her are never forgotten.

Trisha Yearwood; Photo by Russ Harrington
Trisha Yearwood; Photo by Russ Harrington

In addition to being presented this honor at the upcoming award show, Yearwood will also take the stage for the world premiere performance of, “Put It in A Song.” This tune that offers the first glimpse into her forthcoming album, which features a collection of songs that she co-wrote. 

This year’s CMT Music Awards show will find a slew of putting their voices on display, including Kelsea Ballerini who act as both the host and a performer.

Joining Ballerini on the Moody Center stage will be Bailey ZimmermanJelly RollKeith UrbanLainey Wilson, and Sam Hunt. (Additional performers will be announced soon). 

2024 CMT Music Awards
2024 CMT Music Awards

Nominees for the 2024 CMT Music Awards were announced earlier this month, revealing Cody JohnsonJelly RollKelsea BalleriniLainey Wilson, and Megan Moroney among the most nominated artists in 2024. 

Fan voting is open now through April 1. Voting for the Video of the Year category runs through the show. 

The 2024 CMT Music Awards will be hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and will air live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 7 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.  

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.