Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

WIllie Nelson receives Steven Bruton Award (November 10, 2011)

Saturday, November 10th, 2018


Willie Nelson was presented with the 2011 LSIFF Stephen Bruton Award recipient presented by fellow legendary Texas Musician T Bone Burnett.

Willie Nelson to be honored in Nashville: Life and Songs of an American Outlaw (Jan 12th)

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
by:  Cindi Watts

Willie Nelson is throwing an all-star party in Nashville in January, and everyone is on the guest list.

Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw, A Willie Nelson All-Star Concert Celebration is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Bridgestone Arena. Performers include Nelson, George Strait, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones and the Little Willies, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and the Avett Brothers.

“Willie and his songs mean everything to music artists and fans alike. Like Willie, they have inspired us to remain true to ourselves in every possible way. This incredible lineup of artists on this show is a testament to that,” Blackbird Presents CEO Keith Wortman said in a statement.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at Bridgestone Arena’s box office. The presale for Citi card holders opens at 10 a.m. Thursday and runs through 10 p.m. Sunday. For presale details, visit For more information on the show, visit

The concert will be recorded for a broadcast special on A&E Network.


Willie Nelson to be honored by The Emerald Cup

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

willie nelson cannabis marijuana
by: Johnny Green

The Emerald Cup (the “Cup”) one of the cannabis industry’s premier culture and awards events, announced today that Willie Nelson will be honored as the recipient of an honorary award at the 15th annual cannabis celebration. The award will be given during a ceremony taking place on December 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif. The 2018 Emerald Cup will mark Nelson’s first-ever appearance at a large-scale cannabis event.

Nelson, a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force with a six-decade career and over 200 albums, is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. As a longtime cannabis activist, he has been an advocate for both the consumption and legalization of marijuana and is the creator of his own recreational cannabis companies, Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy. The Emerald Cup will also honor Nelson by renaming the annual award to the Willie Nelson Award for future honorees.

In recent years, he has delivered more than a dozen new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his fifth degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul and headlined the annual Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW. Nelson, a Texas native with a long and well-known career as a singer, songwriter, author, poet and actor, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music—making him the first-ever country artist to receive the distinguished award.

“We have a great deal of respect and admiration for Willie, who is graciously allowing the Cup to honor future individuals with an award that will remain in his name,” said Tim Blake, Founder and Producer of the Emerald Cup. “An unwavering ability to stand true in his beliefs and refusal to accept society’s rigid set of rules are only part of what makes Willie the perfect individual to be recognized as a hero to the cannabis world.”

Past honorees of the award include Pebbles Trippet, Eddy Lepp, Valarie Corral, Jack Herer, Ed Rosenthal, Tony Serra, Dennis Peron, Debby Goldsberry, Martin Lee, Mikki Norris, Chris Conrad, Fred Garner, Dale Geringer and Steph Sherer.

The Emerald Cup has grown into one of the largest, most influential cannabis events of the year and features a highly-curated experience for cannabis enthusiasts from around the world. Beyond its headlining musical acts, this year’s lineup features a variety of presentations from industry experts, artists and educators. Attendees will also have access to an array of exhibitors and retailers offering food, products and entertainment. Additional musical acts and artists will be announced over the coming weeks.

The annual cannabis celebration, taking place on December 15 through 16, will also continue its careful and elaborate judging process, which spans across multiple categories including flowers, concentrates, edibles, CO2 cartridges, topicals and a range of CBD categories. The contest intake dates run from October 15 to November 18, 2018.

Tickets are available for purchase through the Emerald Cup website, as well as ticket retailer Eventbrite. Weekend passes start at $120 and attendees must be over the age of 21. This year’s event will be a celebration of the new ways of thinking and living within cannabis culture.

The 15th Annual Emerald Cup
Dates: Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Sunday December 16, 2018
Time: Doors open at 10 a.m. PST
Venue: Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Address: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Admission: Varies // Weekend Pass Starts at $120
Age restrictions: 21+

Purchase Links: 
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VIP Emerald Passes & Travel Packages

Emerald Cup – Website
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About The Emerald Cup
The Emerald Cup was created in 2003 to advance the concept of sustainable and organic cultivation through competition between the finest sun-grown organic cannabis. Its reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world. The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field to our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year. It is a community celebration that has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest, organic, sun-grown, medicinal cannabis harvest.

This day in Willie Nelson history: ‘City of New Orleans’ (#1 Billboard) (Nov. 3, 1984)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018


On November 3, 1984, Willie Nelson’s recording of the song, ‘City Of New Orleans” is #1 on the Billboard country chart.

Here is a great video of scenes from old trains, set to Willie Nelson’s recording of the song.


Willie Nelson to Receive Special Grammy Honor

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Willie Nelson on the red carpet at the 2014 Grammy awards.
By:  Stephen L. Betts

Willie Nelson will be honored early next year when the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing pays tribute to the iconic entertainer and songwriter during their annual Grammy Week celebration leading up the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Set for Wednesday, February 6th, at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles, the event will celebrate the artistic achievements and creative genius of the Texas-born musician, who will turn 86 years old next April. Since 2009, the Producers & Engineers Wing has honored such luminaries as T Bone Burnett, Jack White, Rick Rubin, Neil Young, Nile Rodgers and others at this special ceremony. In 2018, the honorees were Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.

“Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “We are privileged to pay tribute this year to an industry pioneer who perfectly embodies the tireless efforts of the Producers & Engineers Wing as we continue to raise awareness of the ever-evolving climate of sound quality and the increasing interest in the preservation and integrity of recorded music.”

Nelson, whose recently released LP My Way pays tribute to another legendary vocalist, Frank Sinatra, has previously been the recipient of the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award (1986), the Grammy Legend Award (1990), and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2000). He is an overall eight-time Grammy winner.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air live Sunday, February 10th, at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.


US Congress House of Representatives honors Willie Nelson (October 20, 2017)

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Congress of the United States House of Representatives

This is to certify that the attached flag was presented to Willie Hugh Nelson for his contributions to American culture as a musician, singer, songwriter and activist who has spent decades advocating on behalf of family farmers across the country.  Thank you for using your platform to inspire a generation and giving back to those in need.

Presented this 20th day of October, 2017,

Office of Honorable Earl L. “Buddy” Carter
Member of Congress
First District of Georgia

October 15th is Willie Nelson Day in Lake Charles, LA

Monday, October 15th, 2018








Thanks to Cherie for sending these picture from Lake Charles, LA. :

“October 15, 2010 is Officially Willie Nelson Day in Lake Charles, La.   Willie was declared an honary citizen of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Then Willie dazzeled us with music and magic as only Willie and Family can deliver.

God Bless Willie & Family”

This day in Willie Nelson history: Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (Oct. 14, 1973)

Sunday, October 14th, 2018


On October 14, 1973 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, along with Jack Clement (“Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”), Don Gibson (“I Can’t Stop Loving You”), Harlan Howard (“Busted”), Roger Miller, and Ed and Steve Nelson (“Bouquet Of Roses”).

Willie Nelson, inducted 1973

Former Occupations:
cotton picker, encyclopedia salesman,
farmer, saddle maker, plumber,
vacuum cleaner salesman, disc jockey,
U.S. Air Force (during the Korean War)

High School–Abbott High School (graduated in 1951)
College–Baylor University (studied agriculture and business)
College–Waco University (from 3/54 to 7/54)

This Day in Willie Nelson History: Merle Haggard & George Jone’s “Yesterday’s Wine” is #1 on Billboard (10/9/1982)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

On October 9, 1982, Merle Haggard & George Jones recording of Willie Nelson’s, “Yesterday’s Wine,” to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson honored by Future Farmers of America (October 2014)

Saturday, October 6th, 2018


In October 2014 Willie Nelson received the Honorary American FFA Degree, one of the highest honors FFA can bestow, for his love for American agriculture and support of American farmers.

WIllie Nelson honored with Dale Franklin Leadership Award, Nashville (8/29/10)

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Photo:  Kay Williams

Willie Nelson receives award from Brenda Lee.

On August 29, 2010, Willie Nelson was honored, along with Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson, with the Dale Franklin Award for their contributions to the music industry. Vince Gill hosted the event.    Brenda Lee presented Willie with his award, Jamey Johnson performed “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” Randy Travis sang “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and Lorrie Morgan sang “Crazy.

“I want to thank all of my friends, and all the people in this town, that made it possible for me to be standing here.  Hearing all these nice things said about me – I almost gave myself a standing ovation.   I held back, though.” — Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson honored with Dale Franklin Leadership Award, Nashville (8/29/10)

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Photo:  Kay Williams

Willie Nelson receives award from Brenda Lee.

On August 29, 2010, Willie Nelson was honored, along with Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson, with the Dale Franklin Award for their contributions to the music industry. Vince Gill hosted the event.    Brenda Lee presented Willie with his award, Jamey Johnson performed “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” Randy Travis sang “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and Lorrie Morgan sang “Crazy.

“I want to thank all of my friends, and all the people in this town, that made it possible for me to be standing here.  Hearing all these nice things said about me – I almost gave myself a standing ovation.   I held back, though.” — Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson breaks records at Vina Robles Amphitheater

Sunday, August 19th, 2018
by:  Taylor Mims

Willie Nelson and Family broke the attendance record for Vina Robles Amphitheatre earlier this month. The Aug. 11 show in Paso Robles, California was a success for performers Nelson, Alison Krauss, and Union Station, as well as promoters Nederlander Concerts. To celebrate the achievement, the venue and Nederlander Concerts presented Nelson with a custom Vina Robles wine. Pictured with Nelson (L-R) are Nederlanders’ Marketing Manager Jennifer Anderson, Vina Robles Amphitheatre’s Managing Partner Hans Michel, Vina Robles Amphitheatre’s GM Paul Leatherman, Nederlander’s Senior Programming Director Mike Goldsmith, and Nederlander’s VP of Marketing Jamie Loeb.

Willie Nelson Statue Unveiled in Austin on 4/20/2012

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
by:  Shirley Halperin

The country music legend will now have a permanent home in the “live music capital of the world.” Downtown Austin also paid tribute to the 78-year-old outlaw by adorning the W Hotel logo with a replica of his signature braids.

Willie Nelson will have a permanent home in the Texas capital of Austin — in the form of a statue. Standing at 8 feet tall and weighing about a ton, a bronze sculpture of the country music legend was donated to the city by the nonprofit CAST, Austin’s Capital Area Statues, who commissioned the work by Philadelphia artist Clete Shields.

The dedication ceremony was held on on 2nd Street, otherwise known as Willie Nelson Boulevard, on April 20, or 4/20, which happens to be the unofficial holiday of pot smokers (read about the origin of the term here). Nelson has been an outspoken marijuana advocate for decades with several arrests to his name (the latest in Sierra Blanca, Texas in 2010) and recently released a track called “Roll Me Up,” which features fellow pot culture icon Snoop Dogg.

Although not a native of Austin, Nelson has long been affiliated with the city having recorded there extensively and performed in the area frequently. “We felt like he just embodies Austin’s self-defined status as the Live Music Capital of the World,” said Vincent Salas, a member of CAST’s board.

Indeed, even downtown Austin’s W Hotel decorated its exterior which a replica of Nelson’s signature braids (see image below). Added Salas: “He also is just one of those guys that has been able to enamor multiple generations — not just one. He’s so iconic to the music industry.”

The 78-year-old Nelson was not involved in the creative process but did attend the dedication, after which he commented: “I would like to thank the city of Austin, Texas for this great honor. Thank you for the statue. Thank you for the street and thank you for the W Hotel. 4/20 is a good day.”

Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Watch an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon.