Archive for the ‘Awards and Honors’ Category

This day in Willie Nelson history: ‘City of New Orleans’ (#1 Billboard) (Nov. 3, 1984)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018


On November 3, 1984, Willie Nelson’s recording of the song, ‘City Of New Orleans” is #1 on the Billboard country chart.

Here is a great video of scenes from old trains, set to Willie Nelson’s recording of the song.


Willie Nelson to Receive Special Grammy Honor

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Willie Nelson on the red carpet at the 2014 Grammy awards.
By:  Stephen L. Betts

Willie Nelson will be honored early next year when the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing pays tribute to the iconic entertainer and songwriter during their annual Grammy Week celebration leading up the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

Set for Wednesday, February 6th, at the Village Studios in West Los Angeles, the event will celebrate the artistic achievements and creative genius of the Texas-born musician, who will turn 86 years old next April. Since 2009, the Producers & Engineers Wing has honored such luminaries as T Bone Burnett, Jack White, Rick Rubin, Neil Young, Nile Rodgers and others at this special ceremony. In 2018, the honorees were Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.

“Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music community,” Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement. “We are privileged to pay tribute this year to an industry pioneer who perfectly embodies the tireless efforts of the Producers & Engineers Wing as we continue to raise awareness of the ever-evolving climate of sound quality and the increasing interest in the preservation and integrity of recorded music.”

Nelson, whose recently released LP My Way pays tribute to another legendary vocalist, Frank Sinatra, has previously been the recipient of the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award (1986), the Grammy Legend Award (1990), and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2000). He is an overall eight-time Grammy winner.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air live Sunday, February 10th, at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.


US Congress House of Representatives honors Willie Nelson (October 20, 2017)

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Congress of the United States House of Representatives

This is to certify that the attached flag was presented to Willie Hugh Nelson for his contributions to American culture as a musician, singer, songwriter and activist who has spent decades advocating on behalf of family farmers across the country.  Thank you for using your platform to inspire a generation and giving back to those in need.

Presented this 20th day of October, 2017,

Office of Honorable Earl L. “Buddy” Carter
Member of Congress
First District of Georgia

October 15th is Willie Nelson Day in Lake Charles, LA

Monday, October 15th, 2018








Thanks to Cherie for sending these picture from Lake Charles, LA. :

“October 15, 2010 is Officially Willie Nelson Day in Lake Charles, La.   Willie was declared an honary citizen of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Then Willie dazzeled us with music and magic as only Willie and Family can deliver.

God Bless Willie & Family”

This day in Willie Nelson history: Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (Oct. 14, 1973)

Sunday, October 14th, 2018


On October 14, 1973 Willie Nelson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, along with Jack Clement (“Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”), Don Gibson (“I Can’t Stop Loving You”), Harlan Howard (“Busted”), Roger Miller, and Ed and Steve Nelson (“Bouquet Of Roses”).

Willie Nelson, inducted 1973

Former Occupations:
cotton picker, encyclopedia salesman,
farmer, saddle maker, plumber,
vacuum cleaner salesman, disc jockey,
U.S. Air Force (during the Korean War)

High School–Abbott High School (graduated in 1951)
College–Baylor University (studied agriculture and business)
College–Waco University (from 3/54 to 7/54)

This Day in Willie Nelson History: Merle Haggard & George Jone’s “Yesterday’s Wine” is #1 on Billboard (10/9/1982)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

On October 9, 1982, Merle Haggard & George Jones recording of Willie Nelson’s, “Yesterday’s Wine,” to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

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

Saturday, October 6th, 2018


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 honored with Dale Franklin Leadership Award, Nashville (8/29/10)

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Photo:  Kay Williams

Willie Nelson receives award from Brenda Lee.

On August 29, 2010, Willie Nelson was honored, along with Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson, with the Dale Franklin Award for their contributions to the music industry. Vince Gill hosted the event.    Brenda Lee presented Willie with his award, Jamey Johnson performed “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” Randy Travis sang “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and Lorrie Morgan sang “Crazy.

“I want to thank all of my friends, and all the people in this town, that made it possible for me to be standing here.  Hearing all these nice things said about me – I almost gave myself a standing ovation.   I held back, though.” — Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson honored with Dale Franklin Leadership Award, Nashville (8/29/10)

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Photo:  Kay Williams

Willie Nelson receives award from Brenda Lee.

On August 29, 2010, Willie Nelson was honored, along with Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson, with the Dale Franklin Award for their contributions to the music industry. Vince Gill hosted the event.    Brenda Lee presented Willie with his award, Jamey Johnson performed “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground.” Randy Travis sang “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and Lorrie Morgan sang “Crazy.

“I want to thank all of my friends, and all the people in this town, that made it possible for me to be standing here.  Hearing all these nice things said about me – I almost gave myself a standing ovation.   I held back, though.” — Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson breaks records at Vina Robles Amphitheater

Sunday, August 19th, 2018
by:  Taylor Mims

Willie Nelson and Family broke the attendance record for Vina Robles Amphitheatre earlier this month. The Aug. 11 show in Paso Robles, California was a success for performers Nelson, Alison Krauss, and Union Station, as well as promoters Nederlander Concerts. To celebrate the achievement, the venue and Nederlander Concerts presented Nelson with a custom Vina Robles wine. Pictured with Nelson (L-R) are Nederlanders’ Marketing Manager Jennifer Anderson, Vina Robles Amphitheatre’s Managing Partner Hans Michel, Vina Robles Amphitheatre’s GM Paul Leatherman, Nederlander’s Senior Programming Director Mike Goldsmith, and Nederlander’s VP of Marketing Jamie Loeb.

Willie Nelson Statue Unveiled in Austin on 4/20/2012

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018
by:  Shirley Halperin

The country music legend will now have a permanent home in the “live music capital of the world.” Downtown Austin also paid tribute to the 78-year-old outlaw by adorning the W Hotel logo with a replica of his signature braids.

Willie Nelson will have a permanent home in the Texas capital of Austin — in the form of a statue. Standing at 8 feet tall and weighing about a ton, a bronze sculpture of the country music legend was donated to the city by the nonprofit CAST, Austin’s Capital Area Statues, who commissioned the work by Philadelphia artist Clete Shields.

The dedication ceremony was held on on 2nd Street, otherwise known as Willie Nelson Boulevard, on April 20, or 4/20, which happens to be the unofficial holiday of pot smokers (read about the origin of the term here). Nelson has been an outspoken marijuana advocate for decades with several arrests to his name (the latest in Sierra Blanca, Texas in 2010) and recently released a track called “Roll Me Up,” which features fellow pot culture icon Snoop Dogg.

Although not a native of Austin, Nelson has long been affiliated with the city having recorded there extensively and performed in the area frequently. “We felt like he just embodies Austin’s self-defined status as the Live Music Capital of the World,” said Vincent Salas, a member of CAST’s board.

Indeed, even downtown Austin’s W Hotel decorated its exterior which a replica of Nelson’s signature braids (see image below). Added Salas: “He also is just one of those guys that has been able to enamor multiple generations — not just one. He’s so iconic to the music industry.”

The 78-year-old Nelson was not involved in the creative process but did attend the dedication, after which he commented: “I would like to thank the city of Austin, Texas for this great honor. Thank you for the statue. Thank you for the street and thank you for the W Hotel. 4/20 is a good day.”

Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Watch an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon.

This day in Willie Nelson History, “One for the Road” (with Leon Russell) certified Gold (August 2, 1979)

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018


On August 2, 1979, “One For The Road,” a duet album featuring Willie Nelson & Leon Russell, goes gold.

Willie Nelson Day in Texas, July 4, 1975

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

S. R. No. 687


WHEREAS, The Senate is today honored with a visit from a great Texan whose music is loved by millions of Americans; and

WHEREAS,Mr. Willie Nelson was born at Abbott, Texas, in 1933, was brought up in Abbott by his grandparents, and after high school he enlisted in the Air Force; and

WHEREAS, His career as a musical performer began when, at the age of 10, he played the rhythm guitar in a Bohemian polka band in the town of West, Texas; and

WHEREAS, During most of the 1950’s, Willie supported his family by selling vacuum cleaners, encyclopedias, and Bibles, by making saddles, or by working as a radio disc jockey, an then would spend his evenings writing and performing his songs; and

WHEREAS, He was the promoter for many North Central Texas appearances of the late, great Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys in the middle 1950’s; and

WHEREAS, In 1960, Willie and his family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, then considered to be the headquarters for American country and western music, and the next year, Mr. Faron Young’s recording of Willie’s “Hello Walls” was the No. 1 song in the nation for 12 consecutive weeks; and

WHEREAS, Since then, Willie has recorded 25 record albums and has written hundreds of songs, including such American standards as “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Crazy,” “The Nightlife,” “Pretty Paper,” “The Party’s Over,” “Good Hearted Woman,” and “Pretend I Never Happened; and

WHEREAS, In 1970, he returned to his native Texas and since then has lived in or around Austin; and

WHEREAS, He was elected and inducted into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973; and

WHEREAS, Since his return to Texas five years ago, Willie Nelson has become a folk hero to a whole new generation of music lovers, and as a result of the inspiration and encouragement he has provided to numerous young musicians, Austin is now nationally recognized for its music,  and the music industry has become a major part of Austin’s culture and economy; and

WHEREAS, This year, “Willie Nelson’s Third Annual 4th of July Picnic,” a day-long outdoor music concert, will be held on Liberty Hill, Texas; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of the 64th Legislature of the State of Texas hereby extend to Willie Nelson it’s appreciation for the enjoyment he and his music have brought to all Texans in the past, and it’s congratulations for his professional success and for the deserved high esteem in which he is held by millions of Americans; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the date of July 4, 1975, in conjunction with “Willie Nelson’s Third Annual 4th of July Picnic,” be declared Willie Nelson Day in Texas in honor of this great Texan, and that a copy of this REsolution be prepared for this distinguished musician as a token of esteem from the Senate of Texas.

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Red Headed Stranger” inducted to Library of Congress National Recording Registry (6/23/2010)

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
by Ann Donahue

Recordings by Tupac Shakur, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of “Gypsy” are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

Under the terms of 2000’s National Recording Preservation Act, the criteria for preservation by the Library of Congress are that the work be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. Nominations were gathered from online submissions from the public and from members of the National Recording Preservation Board.

In its citation for Shakur’s “Dear Mama,” the NRPB calls the song a “moving and eloquent homage to both his own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.” Nelson’s album “Red Headed Stranger” is cited for its “uncommon elegance,” while R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe” is lauded for setting “the pattern for later indie rock releases by breaking through on college radio in the face of mainstream radio’s general indifference.”

According to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va. will preserve and maintain these recordings and henceforward make them available to the American public. There are now 300 recordings in the National Recording Registry.

Inductees for the 2009 National Recording Registry are:

1. Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) – Abe Elenkrig’s Yidishe Orchestra (April 4, 1913)
2. “Canal Street Blues,” King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band (April 5, 1923)
3. “Tristan und Isolde,” Metropolitan Opera, featuring Kirsten Flagstad and Lauritz Melchior, NBC Broadcast (March 9, 1935)
4. “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards (recorded 1938; released 1940)
5. “America’s Town Meeting of the Air: Should Our Ships Convoy Materials to England?” (May 8, 1941)
6. The Library of Congress Marine Corps Combat Field Recording Collection, Second Battle of Guam (July 20 – August 11, 1944)
7. “Evangeline Special” and “Love Bridge Waltz,” Iry LeJeune (1948)
8. “The Little Engine That Could,” narrated by Paul Wing (1949)
9. Leon Metcalf Collection of recordings of the First People of Western Washington State (1950-1954)
10. “Tutti Frutti,” Little Richard (1955)
11. “Smokestack Lightning,” Howlin’ Wolf (1956)
12. “Gypsy,” original cast recording (1959)
13. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, Bill Evans Trio (June 25, 1961)
14. “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two),” Max Mathews (1961)
15. “I Started Out As a Child,” Bill Cosby (1964)
16. “Azucar Pa Ti,” Eddie Palmieri (1965)
17. “Today!,” “Mississippi” John Hurt (1966)
18. “Silver Apples of the Moon,” Morton Subotnick (1967)
19. “Soul Folk in Action,” The Staple Singers (1968)
20. “The Band,” The Band (1969)
21. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn (1970)
22. “Red Headed Stranger,” Willie Nelson (1975)
23. “Horses,” Patti Smith (1975)
24. “Radio Free Europe,” R.E.M. (1981)
25. “Dear Mama,” Tupac Shakur (1995)