Tim McGraw Breaks Down In Tears With Emotional Thank You To Wife And Daughters While Accepting ACM Icon Award

“My world changed the day I met Faith,” McGraw, 56, said. “I want to say thank you to my daughters, Gracie, Maggie, and Aubrey.”

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Posted on September 18, 2023

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Tim McGraw; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for ACM, FOX/ACM Honors

Tim McGraw broke down in tears when he accepted the prestigious ACM Icon Award during the 2023 ACM Honors ceremony.

The “7500 OBO” singer attempted to contain his emotions when he shared a heartfelt thank you to “everybody that’s crossed my path in life.” The superstar thanked the songwriters, his band, the musicians who played on his records, and his fans, but when it was time to acknowledge his family, the tears began to flow.

After thanking his mom and sisters, McGraw took a moment to gush over his wife, Faith Hill, who was watching from the audience.

“My world changed the day I met Faith,” McGraw, 56, said. “You’re my partner in life, you’re my partner musically, and help the rest of me. You stood by me with all the ups and downs, life, and a career in music and throw away. You simply tell me how it is when I can’t see the light. I would not be where I am today without you and your grace. I love you unconditionally.”

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

The crowd continued to cheer him on as tears streamed down his face. He proceeded to convey his gratitude and admiration for his daughters, with two of them present in the audience.

“I want to say thank you to my daughters, Gracie, Maggie, and Aubrey. It’s not lost on me in the least that growing up in a household where mom and dad are artists, created this whole set of challenges… But I’m so proud of the women you’ve become… Thank you for who you are, and I love you so much.”

Brett Young And Nelly Honored Tim McGraw With Tribute Performances

Earlier in the evening, Brett Young performed McGraw’s first-ever No.1 hit, “Don’t Take The Girl” in his honor. 

Brett Young; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM
Brett Young; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

Nelly was on hand to present Tim McGraw with the award following a performance of their 2004 collaboration, “Over and Over.”  

“Tim, my man, my brother, you are the definition of an icon and that is just a small amount of what we can say about you,” Nelly said from the stage. “You are not just the epitome of country music, but the epitome of music itself, and I just want to thank you for all that you have inspired me as not just a hip hop artist, not just as a country music inspirational artist, but just as an artist and person and in every facet of my life and it’s an honor to present the ACM Icon Award tonight to Tim McGraw.” 

Tim McGraw, Nelly; Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM
Tim McGraw, Nelly; Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for ACM

What Is The ACM Icon Award?

The ACM Icon Award was also awarded to label executive Mike Dungan. This award honors the contributions of Cliffie Stone, who was known for his producing work along with his Country Music career.

This award is presented to a Country Music artist, duo/group or industry leader who, throughout their career, has advanced the popularity of the genre through their contributions in multiple facets of the industry, such as songwriting, recording, production, touring, film, television, literary works, philanthropic contributions, and other goodwill efforts.  

Past recipients of the ACM Icon Award include Alabama, Connie Bradley, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Joe Galante, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, George Jones, The Judds, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., and Dwight Yoakam, among others.

Tim McGraw; Photo Courtesy of FOX
Tim McGraw; Photo Courtesy of FOX

2023 ACM Honors

The 16th Annual ACM Honors was filmed on Wednesday, August 23 at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dubbed “Country Music industry’s favorite night,” the 2023 ACM Honors recognized several special honorees, including Tim McGraw (ACM Icon Award), Chris Stapleton (ACM Triple Crown Award), Charlie Daniels (ACM Spirit Award), Clint Black (ACM Poet’s Award), Mary Chapin Carpenter (ACM Poet’s Award), BRELAND (ACM Lift Every Voice Award), Kane Brown (ACM International Award), HARDY (ACM Artist/Songwriter Of The Year Award) and more.

The coveted awards show also featured performances from BRELAND, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Brandy Clark, Priscilla Block, Jordan Davis, Billy Ray Cyrus, FIREROSE, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Lady A, Nelly, Bailey Zimmerman, Dennis Quaid, The War And Treaty, Trisha Yearwood, Brett Young as well as the show’s host Carly Pearce, among others.

Faith Hill, Audrey McGraw, Tim McGraw and Maggie McGraw; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for ACM
Faith Hill, Audrey McGraw, Tim McGraw and Maggie McGraw; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for ACM

Randy Travis, Big Kenny, Marty Stuart and Storme Warren were also on hand to present.

Carly Pearce returned as the show’s host for the third consecutive year. “The Academy of Country Music has played such a crucial role in the rise of my career in the last several years, giving me opportunities to expand my artistry with hosting,” Pearce previously shared in a statement. “To be able to come back as the host of the ACM Honors for the third year in a row, I feel so grateful and excited for what I know will be such a special night!”

ACM Honors premiered on Monday, September 18 at 8/7c on FOX. The show will also be available to stream on Hulu on Tuesday (Sept. 19).

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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