WILLIE NELSON PRESENTED WITH THE CMA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Country Music Hall of Fame member and musical icon Willie Nelson was presented with the inaugural CMA Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday during “The 46th Annual CMA Awards.”

On receiving the two-foot tall Award from Brad Paisley, Nelson smiled and said, “Wow. You could do push-ups with this. This is a great honor. Thank you to the CMA.”

“Willie is an iconic musical legend and innovator,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Even as he approaches his 80th birthday, Willie continues to be a lasting and meaningful influence on our music and artists. There is no one more deserving of this honor than Mr. Willie Nelson.” Continue reading

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CMA Inducts Garth Brooks, Hargus “Pig” Robbins and Connie Smith into Country Music Hall of Fame

By Bob Doerschuk

© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

The sky could not have been more blue, or the weather more agreeable, on Sunday afternoon, October 21, when Country Music notables began arriving at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Hundreds of spectators had gathered on the far side of Demonbreun Street, stretching the full block from Fifth to Sixth Avenue in Downtown Nashville and clustering near the drop-off point where WSM AM/Nashville radio personality Bill Cody heralded each celebrity’s red carpet appearance.

In tuxedos, gowns and Western attire, they had gathered to celebrate the inductions of three giants into CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed in the Country Music world. Continue reading

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Nashville Welcomes The Johnny Cash Museum

By Kip Kirby

© 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Downtown Nashville will soon be getting a new celebrity attraction that promises to become both a tourist mecca and a destination for music scholars from around the world. It’s the Johnny Cash Museum, dedicated to celebrating the life and career of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame member Johnny Cash.

Officially sanctioned by the Cash family, the museum claims to house the largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia in the world. Its creation was the brainchild of California businessman Bill Miller, whose friendship with the singer began when Miller was just a boy.

“I became a Cash fan when a third-grade classmate of mine brought a copy of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison to school for a show and tell session,” Miller recalled. “The teacher put the record on the turntable. There was electricity in the air and I was hooked.” Continue reading

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