Darius Rucker started out his career as the frontman for the rock band Hootie & The Blowfish before moving on to a very successful country music career. Now, the Music Business Association is honoring the singer with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award.
The award will be presented to Rucker at the Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner. The event takes place on May 7 in Nashville and he will receive the honor for his years of philanthropic work, which includes a lot of charities for children.
In the music world, Rucker led Hootie & The Blowfish since 1986, with their biggest hits starting in 1994 with the album Cracked Rear View. As a band, they sold over 21 million albums, with Cracked Rear View itself ranking as the 19th best selling album in U.S. history.
In 2001, Rucker stretched his creative muscle and created a solo R&B album before moving to country music in 2008. In 1995, he won a Grammy for Hootie & The Blowfish and another for the song "Let Her Cry." In 2013, he won another Grammy, this one for Best Country Solo Performance for "Wagon Wheel."
For his philanthropic work, Rucker has put on countless benefit concerts. He has raised almost $4.5 million with the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation for public education in South Carolina. He also raised millions to build a hospital in South Carolina. Add on his $1.6 million raised for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Rucker has given back as much as he has received.
Rucker is still touring and Hootie & The Blowfish are working together this year. Grab tickets to their shows right here on AXS.