Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Willie Nelson Honored in Abbott, Texas (November 1973)

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Nov 4, 1973
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.

Music Industry Honors Willie Nelson (Nov. 1, 1984)

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

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

Sunday, October 4th, 2020
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Willie Nelson to be honored by Equine Advocates (9.26.20)

Monday, September 21st, 2020

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Equine Advocates, a non-profit equine protection organization based in Chatham, will present Willie Nelson with the 2020 Safe Home Equine Protection Award for his work and dedication to end horse slaughter during an online gala and telethon at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will be broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and the Equine Advocates website.

The program will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth and co-hosted by Phil Bayly, author and former morning news anchor for WNYT.

Special appearances will be made by Sheryl Crow and actress Ali MacGraw, with performances by Tom Chapin, The Gibson Brothers, Cathy Grier, Brooke Moriber, and Livingston Taylor.

For more information visit equineadvocates.org and facebook.com/equineadvocates.org.

Willie Nelson, 1979 CMA “Entertainer of the Year”

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Willie Nelson, “Living in the Promiseland” (Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Look who’s watching Willie sing about welcoming immigrants to America (at :60). It’s Dr. Fauci! (Thanks, Steve for spotting.). Janis TIllerson and I got to go to this show. Amazing show.

I remember Congress was debating an immigration bill that week, and it was so cool that Willie sang this song and reminded everyone what America is all about.

“Poncho and Lefty” is #1 (July 23, 1983)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

On July 23, 1983, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s recording of “Pancho And Lefty” moved to number one on the Billboard country chart.

Willie Nelson Makes Billboard Top Country Albums History With ‘First Rose of Spring’

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

www.Washingtontimes.com
by: Andrew Blake

Willie Nelson is first artist to have top ten album in each of the seven decades since they have tracked country music.

Willie Nelson has made history with his latest record by appearing once more on Billboard’s weekly chart of the most popular country music albums, the trade sheet reported Tuesday.

“First Rose of Spring,” Mr. Nelson’s most recent studio album, debuted in fifth place on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for the week ending July 18, the publication reported.

The feat makes Mr. Nelson, 87, the first artist to have a top 10 country record during each of the seven decades that Billboard has tracked the genre’s popularity, the report said.

Billboard began ranking country records in 1964, and Mr. Nelson made his first appearance inside the chart’s top 10 in 1966 with his album “Country Favorites-Willie Nelson Style.”

The so-called “Red Headed Stranger” has subsequently released more top 10 country albums that any other artist at 53 and counting, Billboard reported. Those include three in 1960s, 14 in the 1970s, 19 in the 1980s, one in the 1990s, six in the 2000s, nine in the 2010s, and his latest.

Willie Nelson inducted in Austin City Limits Hall (4/26/2014)

Friday, July 10th, 2020

photo: Scott Newton

www.yahoo.com
by: Paul Weber

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In this town, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson.

The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

McConaughey, who last month won his first Academy Award for best actor in “Dallas Buyers Club,” inducted his friend and fellow Texan with simplicity.

“There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey said.

Keeping the show rolling later, McConaughey slipped in his signature “All right, all right, all right” — a segue that felt at home in this city that was the backdrop to the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused” and began the actor’s rise to stardom.

Nelson, who will celebrate his 81st birthday next week by receiving his fifth-degree black belt in martial arts, was the first Austin City Limits performer in 1974 on what is now the longest-running television music program in the U.S.

Fellow country icons Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett joined the “Red Headed Stranger” on stage for a string of hits including “On the Road Again” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”

“It means a lot. It’s Austin City Limits and Austin — the music capital of the world,” Nelson said on his bus before the show.

Also inducted were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, longtime show producer Bill Arhos and former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, whose “pickin’ parties” with guitar songwriters at his Austin home after games helped inspire the show.

Arhos recalled a friend’s comment after one of the times when Nelson, who is famously open about his marijuana use, was busted for weed possession.

“He said, ‘That’s like Wimpy getting busted for eating hamburgers,'” Arhos said.

Blues rockers Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd ended the night by joining Nelson on stage for a blistering rendition of “Texas Flood.” The ceremony was held in the show’s original intimate soundstage on the University of Texas at Austin campus, instead of a new 2,000-seat downtown venue where tapings moved several years ago.

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.”