The Female Vocalist of the Year nominees at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards are well known for their onstage talent -- but did you know that they happen to be quite philanthropic as well? Check out what altruistic endeavors these country girls have been up to while outside the recording studio.
As a breast cancer survivor, Sheryl Crow has an especially close relationship with charity work and cancer foundations. Notably, the singer partnered with The Pink Lotus Breast Center to donate The Sheryl Crow Imaging Center to their facility. This state-of-the-art addition provides the best and most recent technology and promotes mammogram awareness, specifically to women over 40.
Miranda Lambert often comes across as a tough girl in her music but she has a huge soft spot for pups! Her personal charity, Muttnation Foundation, raises money through donations to end pet suffering and homelessness both in the U.S. and abroad. Supporters are encouraged to upload pictures of their own dogs to the Muttnation Facebook Page to help build a sense of community.
Kacey Musgraves knows that teamwork can make all the difference when working towards a good cause. Last October, Kacey paired up with pop powerhouse Katy Perry and several other female performers for the “We Can Survive” benefit concert. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event was a huge success and proceeds went towards funding the Young Survival Coalition.
Taylor Swift may be notorious for feeling 22 but it was on her 24th birthday that she made a splash with her charitable work. Her $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony as she rang in her 24th year landed her the #1 spot on Rolling Stone’s Most Charitable Celebrities list.
Carrie Underwood might just be the definition of a humanitarian all-star. The Oklahoma native is involved with many different charities including The Humane Society and has even created her own organization, the C.A.T.S Foundation, which gives back to her local community. In recognition for her hard work, Underwood received the Artist Humanitarian Award at CRS 2014 in recognition of her 1 million dollar donation to The Red Cross. Overall, Carrie has a great philosophy on giving back: ”I would rather people look back on my life and say, ‘She made the world a better place.’ We can all do things like that, and I believe that when opportunities arise for you to do good, you should do good.”
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