It’s about that time for another awards show. But not just any awards show; it’s the Grammy Awards. It was recently announced that Merle Haggard (2x Grammy winner), Kris Kristofferson (3x Grammy winner), Willie Nelson (7x Grammy winner) and Blake Shelton will share the stage.
Although not all of the details about the performance have been reported, the idea is to honor Kristofferson, Shelton, Nelson, and Haggard while paying homage to the four performers’ Oklahoma and Texas roots.
Producer Ken Ehrlich says:
“Musically, this will honor Willie and Kris’ music, it will honor probably Merle’s most famous song and then it’s going to end with the four of them together. I won’t say it’s not predictable, but it will be classic.”
Ehrlich wanted the Grammys to take part in relief efforts when Oklahoma and Texas were hit hard with tornadoes back in May. So being able to honor the three legends’ accomplishments while remembering the devastation allows him to do just that.
“I started to think about what we could do to honor them as the artists that they are and what they’ve accomplished over their lives. And at the same time, not necessarily forget about this Oklahoma/Texas idea,” Ehrlich said.
He also says that Blake Shelton is a good fit because Shelton understands the heritage of it all. Shelton is also nominated for two Grammys this year. One for best country solo performance (“Mine Would Be You“) and one for best country album (Based on a True Story).
The Grammy Awards are set to air live on CBS on Jan. 26.
Haggard won a 1984 Grammy for “That’s the Way Love Goes” in the category of best male country vocal performance. He shared a 1998 Grammy win for the country collaboration, “Same Old Train,” a project featuring an all-star cast that included Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harrisand Randy Travis, among others.
Kristofferson’s Grammy wins include the 1971 trophy for best country song (“Help Me Make It Through the Night”), as well as his duets with Rita Coolidge (“From the Bottle to the Bottom” and “Lover Please”).
Nelson has won seven Grammys, ranging from 1975’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” to 2007’s “Lost Highway,” a duet with Ray Price.
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