On Wednesday, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill received a star on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame. And on Thursday, they celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.

By Nancy Kruh
Updated October 06, 2016 09:24 AM
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Could this week get any bigger for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill? On Tuesday, they played their first Ryman Auditorium concert to a rapturous crowd and announced their first joint tour since 2007. On Wednesday, each received a star on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame. And on Thursday, they celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.

So what anniversary revelry do they have planned to match the rest of their banner week?

“That’s easy,” McGraw, 49, said in an interview after the Walk of Fame ceremony, and he motioned to his wife to announce their big plans.

“Okay, I will tell you,” Hill, 49, said. “We are going to be in sweats on the couch watching some TV show we gotta find.”

“We’re gonna binge-watch something,” McGraw added with relish. “And I’ve made a request, but I don’t know if I’m gonna get away with it or not — I want cornbread and peas.”

Hill’s deadpan expression seemed to suggest McGraw may be getting carry-out. “That would be me cooking cornbread and peas,” she said and paused. “We’ll see.”

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After two such high-profile days, it’s understandable that the couple wants to kick back, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t proud of their marital milestone.

Twenty years, said Hill, feels “good. It feels like one, like our first-year anniversary.”

“I agree, baby, I do,” McGraw said. “It’s awesome. It’s an accomplishment, you know. It really is.”

And the added pressure of being a celebrity couple also isn’t lost on McGraw: “In our business, it really is like 80 years. I kind of look at it as ‘dog years.'”

Earlier, at the Walk of Fame ceremony in a downtown park, McGraw paid tribute to Hill in his acceptance speech, recalling that “the best thing that happened to me” occurred in 1996 when the two ended up on tour together. “I fought and I fought and I fought to stay away from her as long as I could,” he said, before giving up within a couple of weeks. “I’m not going to go into detail, but it was a great tour, I can tell you that.”

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The event drew hundreds of fans, friends, family members, and dignitaries, including Reba McEntire, who separately introduced the honorees. (Hill’s history with the Hall of Famer extends back to a long-ago job at McEntire’s company, packing up fan merchandise.)

McGraw’s and Hill’s side-by-side granite stars are the 73rd and 74th to be awarded for contributions to Nashville’s musical heritage, and the city obviously is close to both singers’ hearts.

“We are a small community, yes,” Hill said in her remarks. “We are growing, yes, but we will always remain just good old-fashioned folk that welcome people from around the globe, and that’s what makes me so proud to be a Nashvillian. That is what makes me so proud — Tim and I both — to raise our children here.”

In his speech, McGraw remembered his days when he “sang all over this town.”

“That’s what we all did,” he said. “We all ran around together — Kenny [Chesney], Tracy [Lawrence] — we all ran around together and played bars together and we had a great time. … I knew when I moved here that whether I was going to be toting somebody’s guitar case or if I was going to be pushing a road case around, this is what I would be doing for the rest of my life. And this is where I was gonna live. I hope that I can grow old and die in my bed in Nashville, Tennessee.”