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Kristofferson, (NSAI) – Nashville Songwriters Association International

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NSAI Awards 2023

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Kris Kristofferson and the Establishment have had an “ebb and flow” relationship over the years. The Kristofferson, NSAI partnership may be the exception. The NSAI rewarded his talent with their awards from the start, since 2013 the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award (the highest honor) has acknowledged performers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.

Bobby Braddock is set to be honored with the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award on 26 September 2023 at the Ryman Auditorium, part of the 6th Annual Nashville Songwriter Awards

Kris Kristofferson’s NSAI Awards

1970 “For The Good Times” By Kris Kristofferson (recorded by Kris Kristofferson)

1971 “Sunday Morning Coming Down” By Kris Kristofferson (recorded by Kris Kristofferson)

1973 “Why Me, Lord?” By Kris Kristofferson (recorded by Kris Kristofferson)

Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Awards

These award recipients are personally chosen by Kristofferson to receive NSAI’s highest honor

The 76-year-old Kristofferson joked he was embarrassed the NSAI named the award after him. He’s a founding member of the songwriter’s organization and like the 79-year-old Nelson a member of its hall of fame.

2013 Willie Nelson“I really thought I was there giving you an award,” Nelson joked with Kristofferson afterward during an interview on Nelson’s bus. “I had a great speech. Next time.”

2018 Bill Anderson

2019 Loretta Lynn

2022 Garth Brooks – “When they name awards after artists, that award takes on an even greater meaning. Kristofferson is known as the songwriter’s songwriter…and he should be”

2023 Bobby Braddock

1970 Rewind

Mary Beth Pruett shared this from a Nashville newspaper in 1971, reported by Bill Preston Jr. regards the annual NSAI Awards.

Kristofferson – Songwriter of the Year

Kris’ Wins

NSAI Mission Statement

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) consists of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and amateur, who are committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting and to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter and to act as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large.


In Other News

A quick glance through other award winners shows him to be in the best of company. Bobby Goldsboro, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Freddy Fender, Don Williams,  Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Johnny Christopher, Mark James, Wayne Carson, Willie Nelson,  Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston and so many other great artists make this list one of the great places to be.

Kudos. Their website says they offer internships, albeit unpaid, for students who seek college course credits.

Record World History – 30 January, 1971

Record World History carried more coverage of the event in an article by Chuck Neese, along with a photograph that includes some interesting names pictured at the NSA Awards: Bob Beckham, Combine Music Manager; Mariiohn Wilkin, co-owner, Buckhorn Music; Monument artist – writer Kris Kristofferson; Hubert Long, co-owner. Buckhorn Music; Audie Ashworth, Manager, Moss Rose Publications; RCA’s Chet Atkins; SESAC’s Joe Talbot; writer Tom T. Hall; Record World’s Red
O’Donnell; RCA artists I’orter Wagoner, Dolly Parton; writer-artist
Mickey Newberry and wife; writer Raymond A. Smith and wife.

Citations were handed out by Association President Eddie (“One Song”) Miller and MC Biff Collie. The page is below, the quality is poor, but other sources exist.

Other sources:

The full article is here

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