Willie Nelson is a legendary country rock singer/songwriter, activist and actor from Abott, Texas who is known around the globe for his musical contributions since the early 1970's. Serving as an influence for country music artists everywhere, Willie Nelson has made a tremendous impact on a variety of audiences and other musicians alike. Nelson rose to fame in the 1970's, popularizing the outlaw country genre, and achieved massive success and notoriety.
In addition to his musical career, Willie Nelson is an outspoken activist on a variety of social and environmental issues in the United States, using his popularity, music and poetry to promote his values and inspire others to rally in support of pressing national issues. He helped to spearhead the family farm friendly initiative 'Farm Aid' and has been a huge proponent in the legalization of marijuana and of animal rights. Nelson has an awards portfolio the size of Texas, including numerous Grammy and American Music Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998. He has been the author and the subject of several books, and also acted in multiple films. Willie Nelson is an iconic living legend and a true symbol of perseverance and liberal activism, and the human trademark of the American West.