Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Willie Nelson wins Grammy for, “Ride Me Back Home” (2020)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

www.tasteofcountry.com

The 2020 Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance has been awarded to Willie Nelson for his “Ride Me Back Home,” from his 2019 album of the same name

Nominees in this category this year included Tyler Childers for “All Your’n,” Ashley McBryde‘s “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Blake Shelton for “God’s Country” and Tanya Tucker‘s “Bring My Flowers Now.”

Over his career, Nelson has been nominated for 52 Grammys. His most recent win was in 2019 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (for My Way). He has previously won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2016 for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals in 2007 for “Lost Highway” and again in 2002 for “Mendocino County Line.”

In 2000, he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to music. In 1990, he won the Grammy Legend Award, and in 1986 he was honored with the President’s Merit Award.

In 1982 he was awarded with the Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Always on My Mind” and once again in 1978 for “Georgia On My Mind.” He took home the Best Country Song for “On The Road Again” in 1980. “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” took home Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo or Group in 1978.

His first Grammy Award win was in 1975 at the 18th Annual Grammy Awards for “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

Willie Nelson and LeeAnn Womack win Academy of Country Music Award (2002)

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

On May 22, 2002, Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack won Vocal Event of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards Show for their duet “Mendocino County Line” 

Willie Nelson named 2009 Texas State Musician (May 20, 2009)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
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The Texas Commission on the Arts has named Willie Nelson the 2009 Texas State Musician.

Congratulations, Willie!

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, The Texas Commission on the Arts has announced the 2009 and 2010 appointments for the positions of State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Two-Dimensional Artist, and State Three-Dimensional Artist; and

WHEREAS, Honorees are chosen for the exceptional quality of their work and for their outstanding commitment to the arts in Texas; nominees must either be native Texans or have resided in the state for at least five years; in addition, they must have received critical recognition from state, regional, and national publications, and they must have attained the highest levels of excellence in their respective disciplines; and

WHEREAS, The 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate is Paul Ruffin, a Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University; the author of six acclaimed books of poetry as well as several volumes of fiction and nonfiction, Mr. Ruffin has published poems in hundreds of journals and anthologies; he is also the founder and editor of The Texas Review and the director of Texas Review Press; and

WHEREAS, Willie Nelson is the 2009 Texas State Musician; this legendary Texas performer was playing the guitar at the age of 6 and performing at 10; after establishing himself in Nashville as a hit songwriter, he returned to Texas and soon became world-famous as an interpreter of his own songs and as an icon of the outlaw country music movement; he has further distinguished himself as a film and television actor and entrepreneur, as well as an ever-popular touring concert artist who has been involved in numerous charity events such as FarmAid; and

WHEREAS, The 2009 Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist is Rene Alvarado; born in Mexico, he came to the United States with his family as a boy, and his work powerfully evokes the values and heritage of his native country, finding universal resonance in the rich particularity of Mexican culture; his work has been featured in galleries and exhibitions throughout Texas and the Southwest; and

WHEREAS, Eliseo Garcia has been selected as the 2009 Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist; his inspiring bas-relief sculptures pay homage to the importance of family, love, and spirituality while reflecting the ancient cultural traditions of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations; often carved out of Texas limestone, his works are on permanent display in arts centers, hospitals, libraries, and other public buildings across the state; and

WHEREAS, Fort Worth native and Denton resident Karla K. Morton has been named as the 2010 Texas State Poet Laureate; a songwriter and children’s book author as well as a celebrated poet, Ms. Morton performs her poetry across the state and has recorded her poems with musical accompaniment; she is a founder of the Denton Poet’s Assembly and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Denton Arts Council; and

WHEREAS, Sara Hickman of Austin will be the 2010 Texas State Musician; this talented singer-songwriter has recorded many critically acclaimed albums; the daughter of a painter and a weaver, the multitalented Ms. Hickman is also a painter; she supports many social causes through her work and regularly performs and records music for children; and

WHEREAS, Austin painter Marc Burckhardt has been named as the 2010 Texas State Two-Dimensional Artist; born in Germany and raised in Texas, Mr. Burckhardt combines European imagery with thematic material from contemporary American life; his mischievous wit is enhanced by his adoption of the glazing and varnishing techniques of the old masters, and his work has been featured in galleries and shows around the nation and across the world; and

WHEREAS, The 2010 Texas State Three-Dimensional Artist will be John Bennett, who began sculpting figures in 1976 and cast his first bronze in 1985; acclaimed for his sculptures of women, he has created works depicting women from all walks of life, from Old West legend Annie Oakley to 98-year-old Alice Reeves, a former schoolteacher and granddaughter of a slave; one of his pieces was selected by the Women’s Museum for display at the White House in 1999; and

WHEREAS, The men and women who have been selected to hold these prestigious posts for the next two years have all greatly contributed to the vibrant cultural life of the Lone Star State, and Texas is indeed fortunate to be home to these talented artists; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas hereby honor the 2009 and 2010 appointees to the positions of State Poet Laureate, State Musician, State Two-Dimensional Artist, and State Three-Dimensional Artist and extend to each of them sincere best wishes for continued creativity and achievement

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Always on My Mind” #1 (May 8, 1982)

Friday, May 8th, 2020

On May 8, 1982, Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” reached #1 on the Billboard country chart.

In 1983, Willie Nelson wins Best Country Vocal Performance for ‘Always On My Mind. The song won three times during the 25th annual Grammy awards including awards for songwriters Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James earn Song of the Year.

Track listing

  1. “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”
  2. “Always on My Mind”
  3. “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
  4. “Let It Be Me”
  5. “Staring Each Other Down”
  6. “Bridge over Troubled Water”
  7. “Old Fords and a Natural Stone”
  8. “Permanently Lonely”
  9. “Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning”
  10. “The Party’s Over”

2003 re-release bonus tracks

  1. “The Man Who Owes Everyone”
  2. “I’m a Memory”

This day in Willie Nelson history: Highwayman win’s ACM Award (April 14, 1986)

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
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Apr 14, 1986

“Highwayman” takes Single Record of the Year honors for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and producer Chips Moman in the 21st Academy of Country Music awards, telecast by NBC from Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.

Willie Nelson Tribute Concert on A & E (April 12, 2020)

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

www.Tennesseean.com
by: Dave Paulson

See dozens of photos here.

Remember when more than two dozen big-time musicians — including George Strait, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson — gathered at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to pay tribute to Willie Nelson? And then the country legend played a set of his own classics?

Well, for the last 14 months, we’d just say you had to be there — but soon, you’ll be able to see it on TV.

Cable network A&E will premiere “Willie Nelson: American Outlaw” on Sunday, April 12, at 9 p.m. CT. 

It’s part of A&E’s new slate of country music programming that also includes “Biography” editions on Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

“Biography: Dolly” premieres Sunday, April 12, at 7 p.m. CT, and “Biography: Kenny Rogers” will follow on Monday, April 13, at 8 p.m. CT.

Other performers at the 2019 tribute concert included Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, John Mellencamp, Lee Ann Womack, Eric Church, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, the Avett Brothers and Jack Johnson. 

Believe it or not, before this show, Nelson and Strait — two giants of Texas country music — had never performed together.

That was made abundantly, amusingly clear with a brand-new original tune from the two, wherein the “King of Country” laments, “I ain’t never got to sing one with Willie.”

Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award Winner at Pop Awards 2020

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

We asked, and you delivered. The voting period of the Pop Awards 2020 is over and your votes have been counted. A big thank you to all the fans for coming out to show love for your favorite artists, and to the expert panel for casting their ballots. The impact of all the nominees on their fans was genuinely felt by the astounding response. It was a tight contest and we can’t wait to reveal the results. Pop Magazine is ready to present the winners of 2020, the five recipients of our precious awards. We will be back next year and hope you will join in again. Now we are delighted to announce the winners of the third annual Pop Awards!

Pop Awards 2020: Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Willie Nelson

With eight Grammys, several Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum records, and a career that has lasted more than six decades, Willie Nelson is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Very few artists can boast such an illustrious career, and even fewer artists are still as active at his age as he is today. His fans came forward and have voted to honor this legend for his tremendous musical achievements. Congratulations to Willie Nelson on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pop Awards 2020!

Read about all the awards here.

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” number one (3/8/1980)

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Willie Nelson’s First Grammy (February 28, 1976)

Friday, February 28th, 2020

When Willie Nelson recorded his concept album Red Headed Stranger in Garland, Texas, in 1975, he insisted on simplicity for the tracks.  But according to the books Willie, by Michael Bane, that simplicity proved a bit too much for the studio musicians and his record label.

As Willie recorded the song, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” he stopped the session, played through the tune with just guitar and vocal and asked the band to play only what was necessary.  Several of the musicians, realizing that they basically had nothing to do, voluntarily got up and left the session.

Willie remembers that his record label was also not exactly receptive to the bare-bones product.  “They expected more Shotgun Willie, something more tempo,” he says in the book. But the label released the album along with the sing, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” which surprisingly started climbing the charts.  It became Willie’s first No. 1 hit in October of 1975.

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” was also responsible for another Willie milestone.  On Feb. 28, 1976, Willie picked up his first Grammy award, winning the honor for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Highwaymen” goes gold (February 10, 1986)

Monday, February 10th, 2020
On February 10, 1986, “The HighwayMan” album, is certified gold for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
1. Highwayman 2. The Last Cowboy Song 3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today 4. Big River 5. Committed To Parkview 6. Desperados Waiting For A Train 7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) 8. Welfare Line 9. Against The Wind 10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over

This day in Willie Nelson history – American Music (Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain) (1/31/1977)

Friday, January 31st, 2020

On January 31, 1977, Willie Nelson was presented with an American Music Award for Favorite Country Single for “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain

Congratulations Willie and Lukas Nelson

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Willie Nelson wins Grammy for Best Solo Performance, “Ride Me Back Home”

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

www.tasteofcountry.com

The 2020 Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance has been awarded to Willie Nelson for his “Ride Me Back Home,” from his 2019 album of the same name

Nelson did not attend the Grammy Premiere Ceremony, where the award was announced, so host Luis Fonsi accepted the award on his behalf.

Nominees in this category this year included Tyler Childers for “All Your’n,” Ashley McBryde‘s “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” Blake Shelton for “God’s Country” and Tanya Tucker‘s “Bring My Flowers Now.”

Over his career, Nelson has been nominated for 52 Grammys. His most recent win was in 2019 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (for My Way). He has previously won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2016 for Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, Best Country Collaboration With Vocals in 2007 for “Lost Highway” and again in 2002 for “Mendocino County Line.”

In 2000, he was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to music. In 1990, he won the Grammy Legend Award, and in 1986 he was honored with the President’s Merit Award.

In 1982 he was awarded with the Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Always on My Mind” and once again in 1978 for “Georgia On My Mind.” He took home the Best Country Song for “On The Road Again” in 1980. “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” took home Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo or Group in 1978.

His first Grammy Award win was in 1975 at the 18th Annual Grammy Awards for “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.


Willie’s First Grammy

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

When Willie Nelson recorded his concept album Red Headed Stranger in Garland, Texas, in 1975, he insisted on simplicity for the tracks.  But according to the books Willie, by Michael Bane, that simplicity proved a bit too much for the studio musicians and his record label.

As Willie recorded the song, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” he stopped the session, played through the tune with just guitar and vocal and asked the band to play only what was necessary.  Several of the musicians, realizing that they basically had nothing to do, voluntarily got up and left the session.

Willie remembers that his record label was also not exactly receptive to the bare-bones product.  “They expected more Shotgun Willie, something more tempo,” he says in the book. But the label released the album along with the sing, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” which surprisingly started climbing the charts.  It became Willie’s first No. 1 hit in October of 1975.

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” was also responsible for another Willie milestone.  On Feb. 28, 1976, Willie picked up his first Grammy award, winning the honor for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

Willie Nelson to be honored at Grammy Week Concert

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020