Country Radio Seminar officially got underway Wednesday (Feb. 19) at Nashville's Convention Center with an opening ceremony that combined star power, patriotism, philanthropy and more. The morning's festivities included a stirring a cappella version of the national anthem sung by Brett Eldredge, the presentation of scholarship recipients, an address by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (who assured attendees his life is much less exciting and dramatic that the fictional Music City mayor on ABC's "Nashville"), and a touching video about the 25 years of country radiothons in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Another highlight of the morning was the presentation of the Country Radio Broadcasters 2014 Artist Humanitarian Award, introduced by last year's recipients, Big & Rich (Big Kenny and John Rich).
This year's award recipient, Carrie Underwood, was praised for the fundraising efforts she has championed not only in support of animals, but also for the unprecedented step she took in donating $1 million from the proceeds of her Blown Away tour ticket sales to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, following the devastating 2013 tornadoes in and around her home state of Oklahoma.
"I want to do good things. I want to do good in the world. I want to do things that are beyond singing on stage," Carrie said in a video presentation before accepting the award. Watch her acceptance speech in the video above.