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Willie Hugh Nelson
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Singer; songwriter; musician; producer; actor; author; entrepreneur
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Willie Nelson Fast Facts:
Was raised by his paternal grandparents during the Great Depression; his grandfather bought him his first guitar when he was 9 and taught him to play.
Got his first paying job as a musician when he was in sixth grade and was invited to join the polka group John Raycheck Band, which performed at local bars and fairs.
Served in the U.S. Air Force for nine months after high school until a back injury resulted in him being honorably discharged.
Was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973.
Was named Entertainer of the Year in 1979 by the Country Music Association.
Organized the first Farm Aid benefit concert in 1985.
The IRS seized all his possessions in 1991 for nonpayment of $16.7 million in back taxes; he has since settled the debt.
Was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.
Cofounded Willie Nelson's Biodeisel, which markets truck fuel made from vegetable oil.
Has cowritten several books, including
Willie: An Autobiography
with Bud Shrake, and
The Tao of Willie
with Turk Pipkin.
Willie Nelson Relationships:
Bobbie Nelson - Sister
Amy Nelson - Daughter
Susie - Daughter
Ira Nelson - Father
Jacob Nelson - Son
Lana Nelson - Daughter
Martha Matthews - Ex-wife
Shirley Collie - Ex-wife
Billy - Son
Annie Nelson - Wife
Connie Koepke - Ex-wife
Lukas Nelson - Son
Myrle Nelson - Mother
Paula Carlene Nelson - Daughter
Willie Nelson Awards:
2007 Grammy: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
1980 Grammy: Best Country Song - Winner
1980 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
1982 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
2002 Grammy: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals - Winner
1978 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
1978 Grammy: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Winner
2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Collaborative Video of the Year - Winner
2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video of the Year - Nominee
2002 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video Collaboration of the Year - Winner
2002 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video of the Year - Nominee
2008 CMT Music Awards: Wide Open Country Video of the Year - Nominee
1975 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
Attended Baylor University, Waco, TX
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