On This Day: Faith Hill ‘Breathe’ Wins Best Country Album at 2001 Grammys

by Katie Maloney

Twenty years ago today, Faith Hill took home three awards at the 2001 Grammys.

By the time she took the stage to perform her title track, “Breathe” at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, Faith Hill had already won two of her first-ever Grammys. She won Best Female Country Vocal for “Breathe” and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “Let’s Make Love” with her husband Tim McGraw.

Later in the show, Faith added her third honor, Best Country Album for Breathe. After hugging McGraw, she got on stage to thank her mother and father “for allowing me to go to my first concert when I was 8 years old to
see Elvis Presley.”

She also thanked her brothers “for trucking me all over the place.” And her husband, Tim and their two daughters because “they bring so much joy into my life. Much more than I thought I could possibly even hold in my heart.”

Backstage, Faith said that of her three awards, her award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration meant the most to her.

“The first award I received tonight happened to be the one with Tim for vocal collaboration, so the fact that we shared our first Grammy at the same time, is pretty amazing,” Faith said.

Faith Hill wins Best Country Album for “Breathe” at the Grammys in 2001.

How Did Tim McGraw Propose To Faith Hill?

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw first met in Nashville in 1994. However, at the time, Tim was dating Kristine Donahue and Hill had just finalized her divorce from Daniel Hill. Two years later, Faith joined Tim on the Spontaneous Combustion tour and their romance developed from there.

Tim proposed to Faith while the two were on tour together. During an interview, Tim reminisced about the moment.

“We were in the dressing room, here, June 26, 1996, and it was raining and stuff and we’d been on tour for a while together. And I joked around with her about getting married. And so I looked at her, grabbed her by the hand, and dropped forward [on my knees] onstage,” Tim said. “She said, ‘We’re at a country music festival in a trailer house, and you’re asking me to marry you?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ So I went onstage … When I came back offstage, [I saw] a Sharpie with lipstick kisses all over it, saying, ‘Yes! I’m gonna be your wife.'”

The couple has been married for almost 25 years now. In 2001, they released the song “Let’s Make Love” together – which won the aforementioned Grammy. Thank you Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, for proving that true love and country music romance is real.

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw sing “Let’s Make Love”