Grammy week events include salute to Willie Nelson, plus special tribute to Dolly Parton
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kacey Musgraves, Dave Matthews, and Lukas Nelson saluted the outlaw king of country music Willie Nelson with tributes and performances at the famed Los Angeles studio The Village.
The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing honored Nelson Wednesday night ahead of the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where Nelson is nominated for two awards.
The 85-year-old Texas singer-songwriter was a man of few words when he was presented with a plaque, jokingly asking if he was graduating. He thanked all the producers and engineers, adding that "I'm glad they liked me 'cause they could have really screwed me up."
Nelson is nominated for both best traditional pop vocal album for "My Way," a covers album of Frank Sinatra songs, and nominated for best American roots performance for "Last Man Standing."
On Sunday night during the Grammy's a special tribute to special tribute to eight-time GRAMMY ® winner and 2019 MusiCares ® Person of the Year Dolly Parton. Parton will perform new music from her hit album Dumplin '.
Parton is being recognized as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year for her considerable creative accomplishments and her longtime support of a number of causes through her Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library, which, since 1996, has provided more than 100 million books to children from birth to 5 years of age in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.
Dolly's special tribute segment will also feature her classic hits sung by Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, and Katy Perry.
The Associated Press and Business Wire contributed to this article.