Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Farm Aid honored by GRAMMY Foundation

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Farm Aid 30 - A Song for America

In early February, Farm Aid was honored at the GRAMMY Foundation® Legacy Concert. As part of the celebration, this video highlighting Farm Aid’s history and work was played and Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp performed. The GRAMMY Foundation made a grant to Farm Aid to support our Music Preservation Project.

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This day in Willie Nelson History: Grammy Awards (1979)

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

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On February 15, 1979, Willie Nelson was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Vocal performance, Male, for “Georgia On My Mind”; and Best Country Vocal Duo or Group, with Waylon Jennings, for “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys

Farm Aid, Live Aid, True Colors honored by Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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The Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert featured performances by Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, Walk the Moon, Robin Thicke, Deborah Cox, Willie Nelson, and more. The concert recognized organizations for their philanthropic work, and the event celebrates a different theme each year – this year’s theme was “Lean On Me.” The foundation paid tribute to the best-known benefit shows and music charities of the last five decades.

Farm Aid, True Colors (pro-LGBT charity), and Live Aid were some of the charities that were recognized. Although Cyndi Lauper‘s charity True Colors was recognized, she was unable to attend the event due to a last minute family emergency. The Plain White T‘s were asked to replace Lauper at the last minute, and they performed her hit song, “True Colors.” The Concert of Bangladesh was also honored, and Aloe Blacc and Melissa Etheridge paid tribute to the concert by performing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Farm Aid is a non-profit organization whose mission is to keep farmers on their land. The board members of Farm Aid include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews (who joined the charity in 2001). Nelson, Young, and Mellencamp have been organizing Farm Aid concerts since 1985, and it has featured over 400 recording artists. To date, Farm Aid has raised over $45 million dollars for farm families.

Live Aid raises money for extreme poverty in Africa. The founders of the charity, Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, started the Live Aid concerts in 1985. Live Aid concerts have been viewed by more than billions of people, and featured performances by U2, Elton John, Run DMC, Madonna, Queen, Patti LaBelle, and countless other musicians. “We Are the World” was a charitable song written by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, and it was performed at a Live Aid concert in 1985; the song raised over $63 million dollars for aid in Africa and the US, and he record sold over ten million copies in the US. All of the proceeds went towards poverty relief. Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, and other recording artists were featured on “We Are the World.” Live 8 was a part of the Live Aid charity. It conducted eight benefit concerts all around the world. Live Aid and Live 8 concerts have raised over $150 million dollars for famine relief in Africa.

Farm Aid honored, Willie Nelson & John Mellencamp to perform at GRAMMY Legacy Concert

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The GRAMMY Foundation is honoring Farm Aid tonight at the annual Legacy Concert. The theme is music for a cause. John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson are among the artists performing.

 

The GRAMMY Foundation is honoring Farm Aid tonight at the annual Legacy Concert.

The theme is music for a cause. John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson are among the artists performing.

This day in Willie Nelson history: Country Music Award (1982)

Sunday, January 25th, 2015


2015 Grammy Hall of Fame

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

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by: David Beckett

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By Kurt Wolff

Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Willie Nelson and the groups Kraftwerk and ABBA are among the artists who will have their songs or albums inducted into the 2015 GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

The 2015 list consists of 14 songs and 13 albums, including Williams’ 1947 single “Honky Tonkin’,” Otis Redding‘s classic “Try a Little Tenderness,” western swing maestro Bob Wills‘ “San Antonio Rose,” Chic‘s “Le Freak” and Aaron Neville‘s “Tell It Like It Is” as well as albums by Nelson (Stardust), Dylan (Blood on the Tracks), Neil Young (Harvest), Leonard Cohen (Songs of Leonard Cohen) and the Sex Pistols (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols).

Willie Nelson, Red Rocks Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Willie Nelson received this  Hall of Fame award from the City of Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheater.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Stardust” album certified quadruple-platinum (1/9/90)

Friday, January 9th, 2015

On January 9, 1990, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified quadruple-platinum. I don’t know what that means, it sounds like a top-of-the line heart surgery or something. I do know it means a lot of those albums sold, and a lot of people fell in love with Willie Nelson because of that album.

1. Stardust
2. Georgia on My Mind
3. Blue Skies
4. All of Me
5. Unchained Melody
6. September Song
7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
8. Moonlight in Vermont
9. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
10. Someone to Watch over Me
11. Scarlett Ribbons
12. I Can See Clearly Now

Willie Nelson one of top Austin Bands of all time (not really news)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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by: Michael Corcoran

First a word about the elephant not in this room. I love the late Doug Sahm, the musician who best epitomized the Austin scene because he grew up in clubs and could play it all, but you won’t find his name in this list because his two greatest bands–the Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados–were based in San Antonio, not Austin. This is a ranking of bands, not solo artists and the musicians who backed them up, so although Sahm, guitar whiz Eric Johnson, songwriter Butch Hancock, and other true Austin trailblazers fronted some terrific groups, none made this 25-band salute. When you think about the thousands of bands that have made Austin home since the 1940s, a lot of very good groups did not make the list.

While ranking these bands, innovation was an important consideration, as was national prominence. But maybe most of all, these groups were chosen on the basis of how much they contributed to the lovin’ cup of Austin sounds we still drink from.

It’s different here when it comes to music. In the early ‘70s, Austin had the lowest cost of living of any of the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. It was also the only city in Texas where you could live without getting beat up for no reason besides your long hair, your measure of masculinity, or your artsy ways. Bands started moving here from all over in the late ‘60s and they keep coming, though Austin is now one of the most expensive cities in which to live.

So there was a lot to mull. In the case of a tie, I would think about walking into a club without any idea what to expect – just like my first night in town in April 1984 — and each band coming onstage and playing. Who would knock me on my ass or make the neck fuzz tingle? A great band can take me where a thrilling movie or interesting book can’t.

Great bands are the best thing about Austin and lousy bands are down there with traffic. So we took 25 great ones, added an “-est,” and here we go:

1. Willie Nelson and Family

A brother and sister who’ve been playing together for 77 years. Mickey on lonesome harp. Paul, Jody, Bee, and the kids who’ve filled the stages around Willie’s phrases in recent years. The classics: one after the other, in virtually all styles of American music. Played with the feel of a bluesman, the adventure of a jazz musician. After moving here from Nashville in 1972, the folk hero and his band established Austin as a town where the music mattered more than the money and the fame. It brought people together. The family? That’s you, too.

Read about the other 24 here:

http://www.artslaboraustin.com/25-greatest-austin-bands-of-all-time/

Willie Nelson’s album, ‘Stardust’ in 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

1. Stardust
2. Georgia on My Mind
3. Blue Skies
4. All of Me
5. Unchained Melody
6. September Song
7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
8. Moonlight in Vermont
9. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
10. Someone to Watch over Me
11. Scarlett Ribbons
12. I Can See Clearly Now

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by:  Carrie Horton

Recordings by Willie Nelson and Hank Williams will be joining the illustrious Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.

Nelson’s 1978 standards album ‘Stardust’ will enter the Hall of Fame, along with Williams’ 1947 hit, ‘Honky Tonkin.’ Bob Wills’ ‘San Antonio Rose’ is another country recording recognized this year.

Honoring songs and albums from any genre that are at least 25 years old and showcase cultural and historical significance, the Grammy Hall of Fame aims to highlight the diversity and quality of excellent music. The contributions from Nelson and Williams will join 25 other inductees this year, making the current list – on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Calif. – almost 1,000 titles strong.

“With recordings dating as early as 1909 through the late ’80s, this year’s Grammy Hall Of Fame entries not only represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings but also reflect the changing climate of music through the decades,” says Neil Portnow, President and CEO of the Recording Academy. “These memorable, inspiring and iconic recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog — knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history.”

Along with ‘Stardust’ and ‘Honky Tonkin,’ other notable additions in 2015 include Bonnie Raitt‘s 1989 album ‘Nick of Time,’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ album from 1975, and Neil Young’s 1972 record, ‘Harvest.’

For more information about the Grammy Hall of Fame, including a full list of inductees, visit Grammy.org.

Willie Nelson’s, “Stardust” album selected for 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

1. Stardust
2. Georgia on My Mind
3. Blue Skies
4. All of Me
5. Unchained Melody
6. September Song
7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
8. Moonlight in Vermont
9. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
10. Someone to Watch over Me
11. Scarlett Ribbons
12. I Can See Clearly Now

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Three classic country recordings have been selected for the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees.

Willie Nelson’s classic 1978 standards album, Stardust, is going into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The honorees also include “Honky’ Tonkin,” by Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys from 1947, and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys’”San Antonio Rose,” from 1939.

The Grammy Hall of Fame honors recordings that are at least 25 years old that have made a big historical or cultural impact. There are currently 987 titles in the Grammy Hall of Fame, on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

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On August 13, 1988 Willie Nelson becomes the first artist ever to have an album spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart as “Stardust” logs its 520th week.

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Willie Nelson, CMA Entertainer of the Year 1979

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

In 1979 the Country Music Association ratified what everybody already knew: Willie Hugh Nelson was named Entertainer of the Year, the highest award country music can give. Of the five nominees — Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, the Statler Brothers and Crystal Gayle — Willie was probably the dark horse. The clear favorite was Kenny Rogers, riding the huge success of ‘The Gambler.”

After sitting through the entire awards show and watching Kenny Rogers grab every award in sight, Willie figured he was off the hook.

“I thought Kenny was about to clean sweep,” Willie says. “So I was surprised. I was shocked.” He was wearing his usual jeans and a neat cowboy shirt, his long hair pulled back in braids. He took the microphone and thanked the audience modestly, started to turn away, then turned back to the audience.

“When you talk about entertainers,” Willie said, “Entertainers for years, not just one year, but entertainers over the years — I like to think about people like Little Jimmy Dickens, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky and all those people, and “I’d like to see these guys up here one of these years, because they certainly deserve to be.”

The applause was deafening.

Afterwards, Willie spoke again about his heroes, country music stars from the 1950s who had a tremendous influence on the country music stars of the 1970s. If Willie Nelson had his way, they would never be forgotten.

Later, he was asked if he thought he was singing with more confidence. He paused for a long time before he answered.

“Yes, there’s a lot to that,” Willie said. “There were a lot of years when I felt like I was singing to myself. A lot of times I was.  There was me and two couples out on the dance floor, and that was it. The crowds have gotten bigger, and as the crowd gets bigger, your confidence grows. Maybe you’re doing it right.”

Again, it seemed that Willie Nelson’s career couldn’t get any bigger. Even The New York Times gushed the praises of the leather-tough singer from Texas.

“He plays with the vibrant enthusiasm of a Fats Waller,” wrote Al Rheinhart in the Times, “With the gleeful fulfillment of an artist who has finally found his audience, and through them, himself. He is truly happy to be there, playing is music, and it shows.”

“An objective look at the prsent state of Willie Nelson’s nearly three-decade-long career indicates that he not only learned form the error of his ways, but he’s in fact gone a step further and turned them all into triumphs,” wrote Willie-watcher Bob Allen in country Music Magaine in 1980. “For at least the last three years, some journalists have been predicting that his career was bound to peak any second now, and that it would all be downhill from there. But the fact is it just seems to be gaining more and more momentum, almost by the day, and his universal popularity continues to grow.”

Willie, as usual, was philosophical — “I feel like I’ve made all the mistakes,” he says, “and I hope I’ve learned from them.”

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Rhonda Vincent duet with Willie Nelson No. 1, “Only Me”

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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by: Larry Holden

Rhonda Vincent, known as the queen of bluegrass, is No. 1 on the charts again — this time with country legend Willie Nelson.

Vincent holds the top spot on the national bluegrass airplay chart for the month of December with song “Only Me,” — the title track on her newest album– a duet with Nelson.

It marks the first time Nelson has been at the top of the Bluegrass Unlimited national airplay chart.

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“What a perfect Christmas gift, here in December,” Vincent said. “Thanks to the fans, to our friends, to our djs and everyone who has played this song. We appreciate it so much!”

The Billy Yates/Roger Brown penned track features the exact same guitar riff played in the 1980 No.1 smash, “On the Road Again.”

Last month Vincent was at the top of the charts with “Busy City,” which served as the lead single from “Only Me.”

For more on Vincent check out www.rhondavincent.com

Willie Nelson honored with Future Farmers of America Degree (October 2014)

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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In October, 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.