In 2012, the legendary Willie Nelson was honored at the 46th Annual CMA Awards with the first-ever Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the country icon, the award was first presented to Nelson and later to artists such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
According to the Country Music Association, the honor is presented to “an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music. The Award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level. The artist receiving this Award has positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.”
During the star-studded broadcast, Nelson’s outstanding career was celebrated with a star-studded tribute performance. The Texas-born singer/songwriter joined in on the performance to sing “On The Road Again” alongside country superstars Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton. As they performed the iconic song, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and more watched and sang along from the audience.
The buzzed-about performance remains one of the CMA Awards’ most iconic moments over the years. Click above to re-live the star-studded performance of “On The Road Again.”