Tuesday, November 5, 2019
– Kris Kristofferson will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association, it was announced today.
A tribute is planned during The 53rd Annual CMA Awards, featuring a performance of Kristofferson's classic "Me and Bobby McGee" by Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne. The awards will be broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. eastern on ABC.
"Kris is a living legend whose impact on our genre has been monumental," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "He is the definition of an icon and someone our community holds with such high regard. I'm thrilled our Board selected Kris this year for one of 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 award is for an artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country with both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level.
Previous recipients of the award include Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015) and Dolly Parton (2016).