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The 2023 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors aired Monday night on Fox, with the broadcast celebrating some of the greatest names in the game. The ceremony actually took place on August 25, where Tim McGraw received the biggest recognition of the night.
The 1883 star got the Icon Award, which was presented to him by rapper Nelly, who he collaborated with on the 2004 single “Over and Over.” As he got up to accept the trophy from his one-time duet partner, fans saw that McGraw brought wife and fellow country superstar Faith Hill and two of their three daughters, Audrey and Maggie, along for support.
He later shared a behind-the-scenes photo with his loved ones on Instagram. “What a week it’s been,” he captioned the post. “Grateful for the support from all of you and my amazing family! Love this photo from the #ACMhonors Wednesday night in Nashville @acmawards (we sure missed our Gracie!).”
McGraw wasn’t the only one elated by having his family beside him for the momentous occasion. Shortly after posting the snapshot, his daughters rushed to the comments to express how excited they were for their dad’s achievement.
“❤️ So proud!!!!” Audrey wrote on Instagram. “So cute!!!!” his oldest daughter, Gracie, who seemingly was away for work and couldn’t attend, added.
Fans were equally thrilled by seeing McGraw with his family. “Beautiful family photo! You all look amazing! 🥰,” one person commented on Instagram. “Congratulations! Love you and your family!” another penned. “Beautiful and talented family! ❤️🙌,” a different poster added.
In his acceptance speech, McGraw elaborated how much being in the industry has meant to him.
“I’m pretty fortunate. Country music has given me everything good that’s come in my life,” he said according to The Tennessean. “I mean, I would not have met my wife without country music. I would not have my three daughters without country music. I would not be able to do movies. I would not be able to do TV shows. I wouldn’t do everything I’ve been able to do without country music.”
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