OTTAWA - Shania Twain received the Order of Canada on Friday, the country's highest honor.
The citation said the Canadian-born singer's journey from poverty in a small Ontario town to the pinnacle of the entertainment industry has inspired countless other emerging musicians.
"I was surprised, and I was very humbled," Twain said. "I'm not sure it's somewhere I belonged. I'm not even sure I'm quite deserving."
Governor General Michaelle Jean, Canada's ceremonial head of state, pinned the Order of Canada medal on Twain's lapel during a ceremony in Ottawa.
The citation commended Twain for her efforts in eliminating child hunger, including support of several food distribution agencies.
"Today, she enjoys enormous success, yet she remains true to her roots," said the citation.
The Order of Canada is the country's highest honor for lifetime achievement. The appointments were established in 1967 and are made on the recommendation of an advisory council, headed by the chief justice of Canada.
Twain's music has become a staple on country, pop and adult contemporary stations. At least three of her albums have topped the 10 million mark, with 1999's "Come On Over" reaching 20 million.