Willie Nelson honored at the Recording Academy

Nelson is the creative force behind historic recordings such as “Crazy,” Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust.

61st Annual GRAMMY Awards - Producers & Engineers Wing 12th Annual GRAMMY Week Event Honoring Willie NelsonZiggy Marley and Dave Matthews were some of the many musicians who were in attendance to help honor the iconic Willie Nelson who was honored at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing 12th Annual Grammy Week Celebration.
With a six-decade career and more than 200 albums, Nelson is the creative force behind historic recordings such as “Crazy,” Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. He has earned innumerable accolades as a songwriter and musician, while also amassing admirable credentials as an author, actor, and activist, and he continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. A leading figure in outlaw country music, he is also known for his hugely successful collaborations with Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Julio Iglesias, and with the Highwaymen supergroup (Johnny Cash, Jennings, Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson). In addition to eight Grammy Awards, Nelson has been recognized by the Recording Academy with the President’s Merit Award (1986), GRAMMY Legend Award (1990), and Lifetime Achievement Award (2000).
Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy said, Willie is an incomparable songwriter, musician and producer, and he has amassed admirable credentials as an author, actor, and activist, and he continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force.” Portnow continued, “Since I began my career in this industry, and certainly since taking leadership of the Recording Academy in 2002, I have been privileged to work with artists who expand their craft into larger issues. Willie is one of the icons, and he has been a standard-bearer for all of us.”

 

Dave Matthews surprised the crowd with a stripped down version of Nelson’s song, “Funny How Time Slips Away.” Continuing the night’s theme of inclusiveness, Willie closed out the show by joining Matthews and performing alongside his sons Lukas and Micah singing, “Living In the Promise Land.”
Kacey MusgravesDave Matthews“Weird Al” Yankovic, Ziggy Marley, Lisa Loeb, Feist, and Diane Warren were all in attendance to help honor the beloved music icon. While introducing Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves spoke to the crowd about Nelson’s keen ability to unite people from all demographics; from women to men, rappers and Presidents. She told a quick story about when she inquisitively asked him, “Why didn’t you run for President?” and Willie responded matter of factly, “Because I’d win!” The room full of music industry guests burst out in agreeable laugher.

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