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Country singer LeAnn Rimes was awarded a special Humanitarian Award at the American Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 4.

The 26-year-old singer joined stars such as Carrie Underwood, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and many more famous faces from the country music world at the awards, and picked up her accolade for her ongoing community service, especially in regard to children’s charities.

“I’ve been doing humanitarian work for many years, and you do it out of the goodness of your heart,” she said. “I mean, the Humanitarian Award at the ACM’s never really crossed my mind. But it’s a huge honor.”

Rimes – a spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals – works with several charities, such as the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and A Star For The Night. Last year she was one of the many country artists to auction signed kiss cards for the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, and has also in the past helped to launch The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign.

“It’s part of what I do,” she explained. “It makes me feel good, you know. It’s part of, I think, my responsibility as a human being — but as also a celebrity — to be able to do good for other people.”

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