Willie Nelson Receives Iconic Gershwin Prize

Willie Nelson Gershwin Prize

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Willie Nelson shocks the audience at the Library of Congress with a song that speaks volumes about our current time in history. Watch the performance here.

Willie Nelson has without a doubt changed the face of popular music. His work has transcended many genres and has spanned many decades. With a laundry list of acolades and an influence on most of the world, he has now been named the seventh recipient of the Gershwin Prize.

The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a composer or performer for his or her lifetime contributions to popular music. The ceremony to honor Willie was held at the Library of Congress on November 18th, to a very affluent crowd.

Along with his own performances of new music and old, Willie shared the stage with Cindi Lauper, Neil Young, Raul Malo, Ana Gabriel, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss, Rosanne Cash, and Leon Bridges. The night was obviously star-studded and included some epic performances that will surely go down in history.

The night will be aired on PBS on January 15th, but for now, watch this performance of Willie and his sons Lucas and Micah singing “Living in the Promiseland.” Given the current state of decision making in regards to refugees, this song spoke loudly on the issue and received a standing ovation from the bi-partisan audience.

Watch a part of Willie’s performance of “Living In The Promiseland” the night he received the Gershwin Prize.You can catch the full concert Jan 15th on PBS (check your local listings).

Posted by Willie Nelson on Friday, November 20, 2015

Willie is working hard on making new music as well as making marijuanna legal and starting his own marijuanna company. To read more news about Willie Nelson click HERE!

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