Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

Texas Music Awards (1982)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Highlights of the 1982 Texas Music Awards at the Dallas Convention Center Theater featuring performances by the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely and the induction of Willis Nelson into the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

(Thanks Janis Tillerson for sharing this video.)

This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson honored by Nobelity Project (4/11/10)

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

On April 11, Willie Nelson was honored at the Nobelity Project’s Artists and Filmmakers Dinner in Austin.

On a beautiful April Sunday evening in Austin, Texas, Lyle Lovett, Bill Paxton, Kyle Chandler, Ricardo Chavira and 40 more great Texas artists gathered at the Four Seasons Austin to honor Willie Nelson, one of the stars of the new film, One Peace at a Time, now known as “The movie that built a high school!”

Annie & Willie Nelson with Chrisy and Turk Pipkin, producer and director of One Peace at a Time. photo by Gary Miller

“Willie’s magic – in the film and in the room – enables us to build a great school in Kenya.”  — Turk Pipkin, the Nobelity Project

Money raised at this “incredible evening” complete funding for Mahiga Hope High School, which The Nobelity Project is building in rural Kenya.

“Party of the year!” “Best Austin charity event ever!” Austin American Statesman.

About One Peace at a Time

Filmed in 20 countries on 5 continents, One Peace at a Time looks at the possibility of providing basic rights – water, food, healthcare, education and more – to every child. The film features Willie Nelson, Secretary of Energy Steve Chu, Muhammad Yunus and more. Following its sold out World Premiere at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, One Peace played before an audience of 3,000 at the Maui Film Fest where it received the Audience Award, and has screened at additional film fests and at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

More info on the high school & the trailer to the film is at:

One Peace at a Time is now available on DVD at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent video, book and music retailers, and at the iTunes Store.

The Nobelity Project’s Artists and Filmmakers Dinner

The forty Texas celebs hosting tables at the dinner included Bill Paxton, Lyle Lovett, Kyle Chandler, honorary Texan Peter Fonda, Ricardo Chavira, Robert Earl Keen, Dana Wheeler Nicholson, Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Hannibal Lokumbe, Charlie Sexton, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, and many more.

The culmination of the night included Willie, Lyle, Robert Keen, Joe Ely, Ray Benson and Texas jazz legend Hannibal Lokumbe on an inspiring rendition of Willie’s On the Road Again and an uplifting 500-person sing-a-long with Willie on Amazing Grace!

The Nobelity Project is a 501c3 nonprofit that collaborates with Nobel laureates and other inspiring leaders to provide reliable information and innovative thinking on pressing global problems and solutions that work

One Peace at a Time – Distributed by: Monterey Media

For more information, contact The Nobelity Project
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This day in Willie Nelson history; induction into Austin Film Society Hall of Fame (3/11/2002)

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

On March 11, 2002, Willie Nelson was inducted into the Austin Film Society Hall of Time.  He was presented by Lyle Lovett and Billy Gibbons.

Willie Nelson’s musical reputation is matched by his sterling songwriting (“Crazy,” “Nightlife,” “On The Road Again”) but when he appeared in 1979’s THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, a character actor for the ages was born. His first starring role was in 1980’s HONEYSUCKLE ROSE with Amy Irving and Dyan Cannon, filmed around Austin, followed by the western BARBAROSA (1982) and the underrated SONGWRITER (1984).

Numerous TV parts came to the Abbott native while film roles such as RED-HEADED STRANGER (1986), GONE FISHIN’ and WAG THE DOG (1997), and STARDUST (2000) kept his big screen image popular. Nelson’s downhome appeal is most evident when he plays himself (AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, 1999) and he rallied a grieving nation performing “America The Beautiful” on AMERICA: A TRIBUTE FOR HEROES.

The Texas Film Hall of Fame, which operates under the auspices of the Austin Film Society, was co-founded in 2001 by Louis Black, the editor of The Austin Chronicle, and Evan Smith, Editor-In-Chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune and former editor of Texas Monthly. Every year, at a gala held at Austin Studios, on the site of the city’s onetime municipal airport, the Texas Film Hall of Fame inducts or honors Texans who’ve made a significant contribution to film or filmmaking, as well as non-Texans who’ve made significant strides in the advancement of the Texas film industry. Classic Texas films are also honored, with a member of the cast or crew accepting on behalf of his colleagues. In 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the gala was emceed by Ann Richards, the former governor of Texas, who died on September 13, 2006. The 2007 gala commemorated her passing by celebrating her life and her passion for film, emceed by New York columnist and 2001 Inductee Liz Smith.


This day in Willie Nelson history: Willie Nelson receives Lifetime Achievement Award (3/7/1983)

Saturday, March 7th, 2015


On March 7, 1983, Willie Nelson, pictured here with wife Connie Nelson, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Awards ceremony in New York City.

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.

Watch Farm Aid 30: A Song for America now >>

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

Sunday, February 15th, 2015


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


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

by: David Beckett
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

Willie Nelson Bobbie Nelson Dan Bee Spears and Paul English
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:

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

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

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

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.