Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Willie Nelson to be honored with special Grammy week concert

Friday, January 17th, 2020

www.latimes.com
by: Randy Lewis

Willie Nelson will be saluted by peers and admirers including John Prine, Tanya Tucker, Shooter Jennings, Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Calexico, Andrew Bird, I’m With Her and Yola at the Americana Music Assn.’s annual pre-Grammy Awards benefit concert Jan. 25 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

The War and Treaty, Iron & Wine, Madison Cunningham, Gregory Alan Isakov, Ida Mae, Sierra Ferrell and others still to be announced also are slated to take part, according to the association’s announcement.

The evening celebrates the Recording Academy’s recognition of Americana musicians and typically uses the work of an Americana luminary as a focal point. Prine was the honoree last year and will be making his second appearance at the event to pay homage to the 86-year-old Texas singer and songwriter, who is not expected to attend.

Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit the association. General sales begin at 10 a.m. Friday.

Previous honorees include Everly Brothers singer and songwriter Phil Everly, Eagles founding member Glenn Frey and country queen Loretta Lynn.


This day in Willie Nelson history: American Music Award “Favorite Country Male Artist” award (January 16, 1984)

Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Willie Nelson wins Favorite Country Male Artist award on January 16, 1984 at the American Music Awards. Willie Nelson is on tour, and the presenters Gregg Allman and John Schneider accept the award on his behalf.

“Poncho and Lefty,” by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard 2020 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

www.wincountry.com

Multiple country stars will have their recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year. 

The Recording Academy announced today that 26 recordings will added to the Grammy Hall of Fame, which preserves prominent songs of historical significance that are at least 25 years old.

Among the 2020 selections are  Patsy Cline ‘s “Walkin’ After Midnight,” which became her breakthrough single after its 1957 release, reaching number two on the  Billboard  country chart.  Also on the list is  Willie Nelson  and  Merle Haggard ‘s collaboration on “Pancho and Lefty,” the title track of their acclaimed 1983 album. 

Other country inductees include “I’ll Fly Away” by country gospel group  The Chuck Wagon Gang , one of the top-selling gospel songs in history, plus the  Allman Brothers Band  album  Eat a Peach,  and “I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow” by  The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys . 

Nancy Sinatra ‘s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin,'” “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” by gospel act  Swan Silverstones , and “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live” by  Blind Alfred Reed , who recorded during the famous Bristol Sessions in 1927, will also be inducted. 

Elton John ,  Neil Diamond  and  Joni Mitchell  are among the many other multi-genre acts whose work will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Kennedy Center honors Willie Nelson (1998)

Monday, December 16th, 2019

On December 5, 1998, Willie Nelson was honored in Washington DC, by the Kennedy Center Honors.

Willie Nelson honored with the Willie Nelson award at 2018 Emerald Cup (12/16/18)

Monday, December 16th, 2019

www.leafly.com
by:  David Downs

You know the old cliché: “Everyone who entered is a winner.”

But that was the stone cold truth last weekend north of San Francisco at the 15th annual Emerald Cup cannabis competition, expo, and smoke-out.

Every single entrant in the massive contest survived the test of California adult use cannabis legalization and implementation. It was a year where more than half of the pre-existing medical cannabis industry got wiped out by local regulations. Three-quarters of the cities in the state have banned legal cannabis activity.

“We have gone through quite a whirlwind,” said Carter Lash, founder of award-winning topical maker C.A.D. “But we’re happy to be here. It’s a big change for everyone and we’re trying to stay positive. A lot of people weren’t able to be here.”

Multi-generational farmers as well as industry newbies traded war stories and harvest buds with thrilled attendees Saturday and Sunday.

An award ceremony Sunday afternoon doled out trophies to the best California cannabis products in 24 categories. Willie Nelson popped in for a lifetime achievement award and director Kevin Smith busted up the crowd with a NSFW podcast taping.


Willie Nelson holds up his award, a custom Bluegrass “lamp” bubbler. Cup organizer Tim Blake has been trying to book Willie for years. (David Downs/Leafly)

This day in Willie Nelson history: Kennedy Center Honors (Dec. 5, 1998)

Thursday, December 5th, 2019
kennedyhonors photo: Khue Bui Life Magazine December 5, 1998 Award winner Willie Nelson and his wife arrive at the Department of State for the Kennedy Center Honors Gala dinner Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, in Washington. The center honored comedian Bill Cosby, musician Willie Nelson, composer and conductor Andre Previn, songwriting team of Fred Ebb and John Kander, former actress and ambassador to Czechkoslovakia Shirley Temple Black.

Willie Nelson 2020 grammy nomination

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Willie Nelson nominated for 2020 grammy for, “Ride Me Back Home”

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Congratulations to Willie Nelson! He received another grammy nomination when they werer announced earlier this week, for best country solo performance for “Ride Me Back Home,” the title track to his most recent album. Also nominated for that category are Tanya Tucker, Black Shelton, Ashley McBryde and Tyler Childers.

Willie’s music has been nominated 52 times and he has won 9 grammys. He won his first Grammy in 1975 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.” 

Backstage at 56th Grammys (2014)

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
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Don Was, Merle Haggard,Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoferson, Micah Nelson

Willie Nelson Honored in Abbott, Texas (November 1973)

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

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Abbott, Texas, honors its best-known hometown boy with Willie Nelson Day

Billboard Magazine
November 24, 1973

Abbott, TX.   Some 10,000 country music fans were in the neighborhood when Willie Nelson’s hometown honored him at it’s 1973 homecoming last week.  With Willie, who now makes his home in Austin, were his friends who put on a 12-hour stage show for the town’s 375 people and their thousands of guests.   Appearing on stage with the Atlantic recording artist were Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kinky Friedman, Johnny Bush, Michael Murphey, Kenneth Threadgill and Sammi Smith.

It was quite a cast for a show sponsored by the Abbott PTA.   The audience played no favorites.  It responded uniformly and favorably to all of the entertainers.  Most of the audience was college and post college age.

People began arriving Saturday night for the Sunday show and the 300-acre site reserved for the event was dotted with campers, pickups, mobile homes, tents and bedrolls.   Some of the latecomers had to park several miles away, but were offered lifts in cars and pickups of those who were willing to chance finding parking closer in.

Willie and his band had to drive across Texas to make the event, having worked for the Saturday Terligua Chili Cook-Off.  He worked the morning stint, then closed the show with Sammi Smith.

Kris Kristofferson to Receive Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Honor at CMA Awards

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
Photo by Anita Russo

www.RollingStone.com
by: Stephen L. Betts

Kris Kristofferson will be the subject of a special tribute during next week’s 53rd annual CMA Awards — the iconic tunesmith is the recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. In a musical homage to the songwriter (who will not be in attendance), Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson, and John Osborne of the duo Brothers Osborne are set to sing Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Named for an artist who in the past has recorded entire albums filled with Kristofferson’s compositions, the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition of an artist’s historical impact on fans and industry professionals alike. Previous recipients, along with Nelson, include Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, and most recently, Dolly Parton.

Kristofferson, whose most impactful songs also include “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” the 1970 CMA Song of the Year recorded by Johnny Cash; the Ray Price classic “For the Good Times”; and Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night” also scored his own major crossover hit with the spiritually themed “Why Me.” An actor as well as a singer-songwriter, Kristofferson’s film work furthered his international profile with such films as the 1976 version of A Star Is Born. Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

The CMA Awards, co-hosted by Carrie Underwood with Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 13th, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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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’s, Always on My Mind” Billboard’s #1 country album (1982)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

In 1982, Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with Always On My Mind. 

The album was the Billboard #1 country album of the year for 1982, peaking at the top of the charts for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the chart.

BMI Wins! Willie Nelson, single of the year, “Always on My Mind”

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Thanks, Phil Weisman, for this cool ad.