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Willie Nelson to be honored in Grammy run-up

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Looks like Willie Nelson is always on the mind of Grammy Award voters.

The 85-year-old country legend will be honored by the Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing on February 6, 2019, in Los Angeles, part of the weeklong festivities leading up to the 61st annual Grammy Awards on February 10.

Nelson's ninth overall Grammy is being bestowed in recognition of his "artistic achievements and creative genius," the P&E Wing said in a statement. "We are thrilled to pay homage to Willie Nelson, an undeniable icon with an incomparable—and uncompromising—body of work."

Since his 1962 debut album, "…And Then I Wrote," Nelson has released 68 studio albums, including last month's tribute to Frank Sinatra, "My Way." He performed a track from that LP, "Fly Me to the Moon"—followed by a more timely song, "Vote 'Em Out"—last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

A recipient of the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, Nelson's most recent win came in 2016, when "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin" was named Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

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