AUSTIN -- A proud and adopted son of Austin was honored for his countless contributions to the world of music Thursday night.
The Country Music Awards which aired on KVUE had a special tribute to Willie Nelson.
“His music is honest. People relate to him. They know that he's a real guy, and he cares about people,” said Freddy Fletcher, Willie Nelson’s nephew who moved with him from Nashville to Austin around 1970.
“You know Willie was the first big, international star that actually came out of Austin and he kind of put this city on the map all over the world and he's always talked about his Texas roots and how much he loves Austin,” Fletcher said.
At age 79, Nelson is still having a huge impact on Austin and its music scene. Recently Sirius XM Radio created a Willie Nelson Channel. The City of Austin has named a street downtown “Willie Nelson Boulevard.” The new Austin City Limits Music venue at the W Hotel erected a Willie Nelson statue this past April.
Nelson has a book signing next week, a private gig at the Broken Spoke in December and is the main act New Year’s Eve at the Moody Theater.
“Willie has composed such great songs. He's had such a career. Willie is one of those guys who will be around forever,” Fletcher said.