"Three chords and the truth — that's what a country song is."

  • Born Willie Hugh Nelson on April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas
     
  • During the 1960s, Willie Nelson wrote songs for the likes of Ray Price, Patsy Cline and Billy Walker. After aligning himself with Waylon Jennings in the early '70s, the outlaw country star found commercial success in 1975 with his critically acclaimed album, Red Headed Stranger and the song "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain."
     
  • Nelson won his first GRAMMY for 1975 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." 
     
  • Did you know? Nelson's 1982 hit "Always On My Mind" was first recorded by Gwen McCrae. The single was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008.
     
  • Nelson performed Bob Dylan's "Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)" at the 2015 MusiCaresPerson of the Year gala in Dylan's honor. The annual gala raises funds for MusiCares, which provides services and resources that cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies for music people.
    • Nelson teamed up with Neil Young and John Mellencamp to launch Farm Aid in 1985. The annual raises money for family farmers in the United States.

    Willie Nelson

    "Three chords and the truth — that's what a country song is."

    • Born Willie Hugh Nelson on April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas
       
    • During the 1960s, Willie Nelson wrote songs for the likes of Ray Price, Patsy Cline and Billy Walker. After aligning himself with Waylon Jennings in the early '70s, the outlaw country star found commercial success in 1975 with his critically acclaimed album, Red Headed Stranger and the song "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain."
       
    • Nelson won his first GRAMMY for 1975 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain." 
       
    • Did you know? Nelson's 1982 hit "Always On My Mind" was first recorded by Gwen McCrae. The single was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008.
       
    • Nelson performed Bob Dylan's "Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)" at the 2015 MusiCaresPerson of the Year gala in Dylan's honor. The annual gala raises funds for MusiCares, which provides services and resources that cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies for music people.
      • Nelson teamed up with Neil Young and John Mellencamp to launch Farm Aid in 1985. The annual raises money for family farmers in the United States.

      GRAMMY Award Results for Willie Nelson

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      Wins
      Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
      Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
       
      Nominations
      Best Americana Album
      Country Music
       
      Nominations
      Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
      Baby, It's Cold Outside
      Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
      American Classic
      Best Americana Album
      Willie And The Wheel
       
      Wins
      Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
      Lost Highway
       
      Nominations
      Best Country Album
      You Don't Know Me: The Songs Of Cindy Walker
       
      Nominations
      Best Male Country Vocal Performance
      Good Ol' Boys
      Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
      Dreams Come True
       
      Nominations
      Best Male Country Vocal Performance
      You Are My Flower
      Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
      Pancho & Lefty
       
      Nominations
      Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
      Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want To Get Over You)
      Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
      Beer For My Horses
      Best Country Album
      Run That By Me One More Time
      Best Country Album
      Live And Kickin'
       
      Wins
      Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
      Mendocino County Line
      Nominations
      Best Country Album
      The Great Divide
       
      Nominations
      Best Male Country Vocal Performance
      Marie
      Best Country Album
      Rainbow Connection
       
      Wins
      Lifetime Achievement Award
      (Lifetime Achievement Award)
      Nominations
      Best Traditional Blues Album
      Milk Cow Blues (Album)
      Best Long Form Music Video
      Teatro (Video)
       
      Nominations
      Best Pop Instrumental Performance
      Night And Day (Track)
      Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
      Going Away Party (Track)
       
      Nominations
      Best Male Country Vocal Performance
      Peach Pickin' Time Down In Georgia (Track)
       
      Nominations
      Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
      How Great Thou Art (Album)
       
      Nominations
      Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
      Moonlight Becomes You (Album)
       
      Wins
      Grammy Legend Award
      (GRAMMY Legend Award)
      Nominations
      Best Country Vocal Collaboration
      Highwayman 2 (Album)
       
      Wins
      President's Merit Award (Michael Greene, Pres.)
      (President's Merit Award)
       
      Nominations
      Best Country Vocal Solo Performance - Male
      Forgiving You Was Easy (Single)
      Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
      Highwayman (Single)
       
      Nominations
      Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
      City Of New Orleans (Single)
      Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
      As Time Goes By (Track)
       
      Nominations
      Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
      Pancho And Lefty
      Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
      Take It To The Limit (Album)
       
      Wins
      Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
      Always On My Mind
      Nominations
      Record Of The Year
      Always On My Mind (Single)
      Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
      (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (Track)
       
      Nominations
      Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
      Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Album)
       
      Wins
      Best Country Song
      On The Road Again
      Nominations
      Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
      On The Road Again (Single)
      Best Inspirational Performance
      Family Bible (Album)
       
      Nominations
      Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
      Whiskey River (Single)
      Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group
      Heartbreak Hotel (Single)
      Best Inspirational Performance
      I Saw The Light (Track)
       
      Wins
      Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
      Georgia On My Mind
      Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group
      Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
       
      Nominations
      Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
      I'd Have To Be Crazy (Single)
      Best Inspirational Performance
      Amazing Grace (Track)