Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

This day in Willie Nelson History: American Music Awards (January 25, 1982)

Monday, January 25th, 2021

“Wanted the Outlaws” goes double platinum (January 21, 1985)

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

in Willie Nelson history: “Wanted the Outlaws” goes douple platinum (January 21, 1985)

on January 21, 1985: “Wanted: The Outlaws,” featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, certifies double-platinum, along with the “Waylon & Willie” album.

In 1976, the album was the first country album to receive the new platinum certification, signifying one million units shipped.

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  1. My Heroes Have Always
  1. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (Waylon)
  2. Honky Tonk Heroes (Waylon)
  3. I’m Looking for Blue Eyes (Jessi)
  4. Suspicious Minds (Waylon and Jessi)
  5. Good Hearted Woman (Waylon and Willie)
  6. Heaven or Hell (Waylon and Willie
  7. Me and Paul (Willie)
  8. Yesterday’s Wine (Willie
  9. T for Texas (Tompall)
  10. Put Another Log on the Fire (Tompall)

It’s unfortunate that there still has to be a sampler, or primer, or golden book of some of the best singers working anywhere, but apparently not everyone has gotten the message yet. Maybe this album can introduce you to some people you would have liked to have known sooner but just didn’t have the opportunity to meet.

These are some special people, very special. They’ve been waiting in the wings for years, too many years, to assume their proper places in the structure of American Music. When it became apparent to them that their proper places were perhaps being unduly delayed becasue of certain resentments harbored against them because of their real and imagined unconventionality, they — by God — decided to take matters into their own hands. There resulted a rather difficult period of figurative doors being smashed and general confusion and namecalling in Nashville. When the smoke cleared and the fallout returned to earth, there was effected a major shift in country music. “Progressive Country” (for want of a better term) was on the map, and was here for good. And these are the people responsibile for that. Call them outlaws, call them innovators, call them revolutionaries, call them what you will. They’re just some damned find people who are also some of the most gifted songwriters and singers anywhere.

They are musical rebels, in one sense, in that they challenged the accepted way of doing things. Like all pioneers, they were criticized for that but time has vindicated them.

Tompall Glaser was one of the first in Nashville to chart his own musical course and it was lonely for him for years but now he is beginning to receive the recognition due him.

Waylon Jennings, as the most visible of the progressive country pack, has been quietly fighting for years in his own way for acceptance. Both he and Jessi Colter (who, coincidentally is also known as Mrs. Waylon Jennings) were authentically ahead of thier time. Now, the times have caught up with them.

That streak of rugged individualism that is the unifying bond for these musical outlaws is nowhere more evident than in Willie Nelson’s life and times. Unquestionably one of the finest songwriters who ever lived, Willie was known for years only to other writers and to a slowly growing cult of followers. All that has changed now. “Miracles appear in the strangest of places,” Willie sings in Yesterday’s Wine,” one of my favorites from his collection of remarkable songs, and that’s true. When I first started keeping track of Willie and Waylon and Jessi and Tompall, I (along with their other cult followers) felt almost responsible for them since they weren’t that well known to the public and the music industry as a whole didn’t like to acknowledge them. They didn’t wear Nudie suits and thier music didn’t confirm to the country norm of songs of divorce and alcohol and life’s other little miseries. The only thing that worried me was that I knew these people were born scrappers and really loved fighting for acceptance. What would happen to them, I wondered, when they inevitably won (as I knew they would)? Would they like so many who struggle just for the sake of the struggle, grow fat and lazy when they grew successful?

There was no need to worry. This last year each of them has gotten better, writing better, and singing with breathtaking confidence.

They’re the cutting edge of a brand of American music that I find the most satisfying development in popular music in the past decade. It’s not country and it’s not country-rock, but there’s no real need to worry about labeling it. It’s just damned good music that’s true and honest and you can’t ask for more than that.

Chet Flippo
Associate Editor
Rolling Stone

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Stardust” certified quadruple-platinum (January 9, 1990)

Saturday, January 9th, 2021
On January 9th, 1990, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified quadruple-platinum.
  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, Austin, Texas

Monday, November 30th, 2020

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”