Even after spending more than 30 years in the music business, Tim McGraw has maintained his kindness and modesty.Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Honors in August, where he received the ACM Icon Award, ET’s Cassie DiLaura chatted with the country singer. McGraw told ET that despite having scores of hits, ten No. 1 country albums, and three GRAMMY Awards, he still feels “undeserving” of the recognition.”On one hand, I feel like I’ve been doing it for a long time, but I feel like I got a lot more to go,” he said. “So I hope this isn’t, like, the capstone on my career, but I’m very appreciative.”
“I’m not an awards guy, but I really appreciate my fans,” he stated. “I respect the work of the other artists in this field. I value the creative inspiration I receive from other artists. I gain knowledge every time I listen to a new record. I’m eager for people to hear my new album and for it to be released. I’ll try to keep stepping it up.
Faith Hill, McGraw’s wife of 27 years, and two of their three kids attended the ceremony to honor him with the Icon Award, though the “Live Like You Were Dying” singer confessed he was unable to glance their way during the speech.
Because I’m bad at giving presentations, I was unable to turn to face them. And I get emotional quite quickly when I do presentations,” he admitted. “Hopefully I got through it pretty well.”
Despite the possibility of intense feelings on the evening, McGraw quipped that whether he becomes an icon or not, the women in his life will soon resume their tormenting of him.
He laughed and said, “They’ll all give me a lot of flak for it for sure. “I’m the lowest man on the totem pole with my wife and three girls. And out of all the singers in our family, I have the least talent.
At the ACM Honors, McGraw was joined by friends and collaborators, including Brett Young and Nelly, with whom he co-wrote the 2004 crossover hit “Over and Over.”