John Rich has been recognised for his work helping kids with cancer, attracting praise from fellow country star and charity patron Randy Owen.
Alabama singer Owen founded Country Cares for St. Jude Kids in 1989 and he has bestowed the organisation's first ever Angels Among Us Award on Rich for his charitable efforts.
Rich raised more than $1.4 million (£875,000) for the cause with his stint on hit TV show Celebrity Apprentice in 2011, and Owen presented his pal with the prize at a seminar in Memphis, Tennessee last week (ends15Jan12).
Rich says, "St. Jude holds a very special place in my heart. It's like no other place and I'm just so honoured to help raise awareness for this organisation and to receive the first-ever Angels Among Us Award from Randy."
Owen adds, "This past year John really embodied what Country Cares for St. Jude Kids is all about. It's really unbelievable to look back over the past 23 years and see what the country music industry has helped us accomplish for St. Jude. This award is a way for us to say thank you to select members of the industry for their continued commitment and support."