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For decades, Willie Nelson has been one of the greatest entertainers in country music.
Nelson, known for constantly being on tour, always seems to be “on the road again,” sharing his music with fans all over.
In the course of over half a century, Nelson has recorded over 60 albums and appeared in over 30 films and television shows. He is also credited with helping to establish the sub-genre of outlaw country, with some other “outlaws” being Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams Jr.
During the CMA Awards in 2012, some of country music’s biggest stars came out to pay tribute to Nelson by performing a medley of his greatest hits.
Lady Antebellum starts off with singing a romantic arrangement of “You Were Always On My Mind,” followed by a soulful rendition of “Crazy.”
Next up is Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, and professional harmonica player Mickey Raphael, who is known for working with Nelson. The trio chose to perform a high-energy version of “Whiskey River,” featuring a guitar solo from Urban.
After they finish singing, McGraw invites Nelson on stage, and after retrieving his guitar from Shelton, he joins all of his fellow country artists in “On The Road Again.”
At the end of the song, host Brad Paisley comes on stage and presents Nelson with the very first CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
As Paisley says, who else should the award go to than Nelson himself?
Nelson accepts the award graciously, thanking the CMA, the city of Nashville, and the crowd.
Paisley is right, after everything Nelson has accomplished, no one is more deserving of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award than the man it is named after.
Watch the star-studded CMA Awards tribute to Nelson in the video below.
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