Willie Nelson‘s career was celebrated Wednesday night as the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C.
Several musicians were on hand at the event to perform at the tribute, including Neil Young, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash and Alison Krauss.
Nelson closed the show with renditions of several tunes, including “Living in the Promised Land,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” with Cyndi Lauper, and “On the Road Again” with various guests. The previous day, a special presentation was made at the Library of Congress to salute Nelson.
The concert will air on PBS stations January 15.
The Gershwin Prize recognizes a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding, entertaining and informing audiences, and inspiring new generations. Previous recipients including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel.
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