In November the Library of Congress will pay tribute to Willie Nelson with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award that honors an artist’s lifetime achievements in music.
Past recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Billy Joel and songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David.
“It is an honor to be the next recipient of the Gershwin Prize. I appreciate it greatly,” Willie said about the award that was established in 2007 and named for composers George and Ira Gershwin.
Over the course of the last six decades, Willie has recorded more than 60 albums and won 11 Grammys. This year he released a collaborative album with Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmie, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
Willie is also a fifth-degree blackbelt in the Korean martial art GongKwon Yusul, so bow to your sensei.
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