Kristferson will be the recipient the 2019 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award
The Country Music Association has revealed that iconic country music star and actor Kris Kristferson will be the recipient its 2019 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during The 53rd Annual CMA Awards.
A special tribute is planned during the three hour show featuring a not-to-be-missed performance Kristferson’s classic “Me and Bobby McGee” by Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne. The 53rd Annual CMA Awards broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, November 13th at 8 pm ET on the ABC Television Network.
“Kris is a living legend whose impact on our genre has been monumental,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “He is the definition an icon and someone our community holds with such high regard. I’m thrilled our Board selected Kris this year for one CMA’s highest accolades. Though he won’t be joining us at the CMA Awards, I hope our tribute performance brings a big smile to his face.”
The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree recognition in Country Music. The Award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level. The artist receiving this Award has positively impacted and contributed to the growth the genre throughout a course years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.
Previous recipients the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015), and Dolly Parton (2016).
Kristferson, a Country Music Hall Fame member, is an eight-time CMA Awards nominee, receiving his most recent nod in 2012 for CMA Musical Event the Year with “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” collaborating with Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Jamey Johnson. He won CMA Song the Year in 1970 for the chart-topping “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” first recorded by Country Music Hall Fame member Ray Stevens in 1969, then fellow Hall Fame member Johnny Cash in 1970.
Although he struggled in Music City for several years, the Texas native achieved meteoric success as a songwriter starting in the 1970’s. His songs, “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “For the Good Times,” all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country music songwriting. By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded his compositions.
His renown as a songwriter turned heads in Hollywood, leading to a flourishing career as a film actor. He won the 1977 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy in A Star Is Born and has landed spots in more than 70 films.
Kristferson is a three-time Grammy winner with 30 recorded albums to his credit and three decades worth international touring. He received country music’s highest honor in 2004 with induction into the Country Music Hall Fame. Other accolades include the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall Fame, the American Veteran’s Association’s “Veteran the Year Award,” CMT’s Johnny Cash Visionary Award, BMI’s Icon Award, the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Frances Preston Music Industry Award, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.