The Country Music Association announced that Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the 2019 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level.
While Kris won’t be present at the CMA Awards on Nov. 13, a special tribute will take place featuring Kris’ classic “Me and Bobby McGee” by Dierks Bentley with Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne.
Kris is a three-time Grammy winner with 30 recorded albums to his credit and three decades worth of international touring. He received country music’s highest honor in 2004 with induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Other accolades include the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame, the American Veteran’s Association’s Veteran of the Year Award,” CMT’s Johnny Cash Visionary Award, BMI’s Icon Award, the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Frances Preston Music Industry Award, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.
Previous recipients of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015) and Dolly Parton (2016).