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Kristofferson salutes Nelson with new award
By CHRIS TALBOTT , AP Music Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson don't get together as much as they'd like. When they do, something amazing usually happens.

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This time Kristofferson awarded Nelson with the first Kris Kristofferson Award, the Nashville Songwriters Association International's new lifetime achievement award. Then the two played together Sunday night at The Bluebird Cafe.

"I really thought I was there giving you an award," Nelson joked with Kristofferson afterward during an interview on Nelson's bus. "I had a great speech. Next time."

The pair teamed on hits like "Crazy" and "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" as Jamey Johnson looked on from a corner and producer Fred Foster watched from a stage-side table during an invitation-only gathering at the venue known as a songwriter's showcase.

The 76-year-old Kristofferson joked he was embarrassed the NSAI named the award after him. He's a founding member of the songwriter's organization and like the 79-year-old Nelson a member of its hall of fame.

"If I had seen what's happening right now before right now I would've thought I was dreaming because when I came to Nashville, Nashville was the most exciting place for a creative artist to be," Kristofferson told the crowd. "And the people I hung around with were serious songwriters who were totally unselfish, and their hero and my hero was a guy that nobody else knew. It was Willie Nelson. He's unlike anybody else."


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Jan 28, 2013 11:56AM
And yes Kris took the toughest training the US Army  could offer when he met obligation and was an Airborne qualified Ranger who was first in his class. A Renaissance Man like no other in our time! And Willie simply the greatest Highwayman of our time! After attending 4 of his shows over the years no one can tell me he can't sing!
Jan 28, 2013 11:22AM
Neither one can sing.  But Kris and Willie write good music.  
Jan 28, 2013 11:18AM

Both Nelson and Kristofferson are legendary songwriters and song stylists. Kudos on the award. As for the pathetic people who have shown their ignorance on this site, Kris kristofferson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from college, earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford and graduated with a masters degree in English. When you have achieved even half as much, get back to us hillbillies.


Jan 28, 2013 10:50AM
Kristofferson is a Country Music Hall of Famer who ranks among the most versatile of American talents. He’s been a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes scholar, a college football player, an acclaimed actor, a military officer, & a helicopter pilot. Most singers have a long way to go to catch up to what he's accomplished.
Jan 28, 2013 10:32AM
Willie, Kris, Waylon, & Johnny,,,4 of the hardest whiskey drinking, pot smoking, music making, sons a bitches around. miss them when they used to jam together,,,,,,,,,,,,    
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