Thanks to the folks over at Red Dirt Nation for sharing this news! The legendary Kris Kristofferson will receive the Woody Guthrie Prize! This award honors those who embody the spirit of legendary folk singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie and will be presented during an event on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. With previous award ceremonies taking place in New York and Los Angeles, this year’s ceremony will be the first held in Tulsa.
The Woody Guthrie Prize is given annually to the artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America.
“With over 50 years of social activism as a voice for disenfranchised, Kris was an obvious choice to receive the 2016 Woody Guthrie Prize,” said Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud. “It is an honor to recognize his incredible career and tireless work to make positive improvements in our society.”
The event will include the Woody Guthrie Prize presentation and a special musical performance as friends, including Rodney Crowell and others, will join Kristofferson on stage to perform some of his most popular songs.
Find out more about the event and this prestigious award here.