The Library of Congress announced today that the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will be Willie Nelson!
The prize honors a living music artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting song to enhance cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.
Library of Congress Press Release
Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, Texas in April of 1933.
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered eight new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win), released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
I’ve enjoyed Willie’s music for over half a century! The above biographical blurb is from the official site. Visit it for more photos and information.
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If you’re a fan of Willie Nelson or his music, this book will speak to you – and it sounds just like Willie. Anecdotes alternate with lyrics, jokes and photos, lots of photos.
The Facts of Life
and Other Dirty Jokes
by Willie Nelson
If we’re backing up it’s just to get a running start
‘Cause everything we do we do with all our hearts
And it don’t really matter what they say
We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Excuse me, sometimes I just break into song.
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