The former Brooks & Dunn singer says he's "embarrassed" by being honored for philanthropic acts

By Eileen Finan
March 03, 2015 11:25 AM
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As one half of Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks happily stacked up nearly every award the genre had to offer until he and partner Ronnie Dunn called it quits five years ago. But now, Brooks has received a new honor – and the singer says he’s not worthy.

“It’s embarrassing,” Brooks says of getting the Country Music Association’s first-ever Humanitarian Award at a dinner in Nashville Monday night. “To get singled out is really kind of weird. I can’t think of any of my friends in this industry who don’t go out of their way to give back. In our community, I’m not the one who gives the most.”

But, the CMA points out, there’s no doubt Brooks has contributed his fair share. The singer helped create the association’s CMA Foundation, which has raised more than $10 million for music education across the country, and he was also instrumental in developing an affordable health insurance option for CMA members.

“If it brings light to our community and our business and inspires folks to step up and give back, that’s a good thing,” Brooks says of the honor. “But beyond that, I’m not going to ring my own bell because there are plenty of bigger bells around!”