Willie Nelson Honored With Gershwin Prize For Popular Song
November 18, 2015 at 12:08 PM (PT)
WILLIE NELSON will be honored TONIGHT (11/18) with the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE for Popular Song. The PRIZE honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with GEORGE and IRA GERSHWIN, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations (NET NEWS 7/9).
A celebration of NELSON's life and career will take place in WASHINGTON's DAR CONSTITUTION HALL with a concert featuring artists that include JAMEY JOHNSON, ROSANNE CASH, RAUL MALO of THE MAVERICKS, ALISON KRAUSS, PAUL SIMON, NEIL YOUNG, and many more. The concert celebration will be filmed and is scheduled to air on PBS-TV on FRIDAY, JANUARY 15th.
NELSON is the first Country artist to be honored with the GERSHWIN PRIZE. Previous honorees include PAUL SIMON, STEVIE WONDER, PAUL MCCARTNEY, BILLY JOEL, and more.