Tim McGraw Overcome With Emotion as He Accepts 2023 ACM Honors Icon Award

Tim McGraw was overcome with emotion as he took the stage to win one of the evening's greatest prizes during the 2023 ACM Honors, which aired on Fox on Monday night (Sept. 18). 

McGraw accepted the ACM Icon Award at the ceremony, which took place live at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium on August 23 and aired on Monday night. 

According to a press release, the Academy of Country Music bestows the Icon Award on "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." 

"Music can change a life or save a life," he reflected. "I know it's saved mine probably more than once... and it's tried to kill me a couple times as well," McGraw continued, choking up as he talked. 

"I would not be where I am today without you and your grace," he stated, choking up as he continued, "I love you unconditionally." 

Brett Young was also in attendance at the 2023 ACM Honors, commemorating McGraw's influence with a live performance of one of his first singles, "Don't Take the Girl." 

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