Willie Nelson to receive lifetime achievement award

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File-This March 15, 2014, file photo shows Willie Nelson performing at the iTunes Festival during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The country music icon who already had a downtown street and 8-foot statue in his honor in Austin added a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame […]

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Willie Nelson will be on the road again, this time to Washington, D.C.

In November, Nelson will be given the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a lifetime achievement award.

The library cited Nelson’s career which spans six decades in music. Nelson’s songwriting includes country-music standards including “Crazy” and “Hello Walls.”

A Library of Congress spokesperson called Nelson a “musical explorer” who has redrawn the boundaries of country music, crossing into jazz, blues, folk, rock and Latin styles.

Previous winners include Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and Carole King.

Nelson will meet with Congressman Lloyd Doggett during his trip to the nation’s capital.

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