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Merle Continues to Rack up the Awards

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Merle Continues to Rack up the Awards

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Merle continues to rack up the awards and accolades more than 45 years after his first album was released. He was inducted earlier this month into California’s Hall of Fame, in a class that included Barbra Streisand, Betty White and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. He was also honored in December as part of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, at a special ceremony with President Obama, fellow honorees Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, composer Bill T. Jones and dancer/choreographer Jerry Herman. An all-star cast of performers paid tribute to the honorees, including Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Kid Rock.

Julia Roberts, Barbara Walters, John Travolta and Dave Grohl. Merle says he walked away with a few new friends.

“[Oprah] and I had some funny things happen. She leaned over to me one time during the presentation and she said we came the farthest,” the country legend reveals. “She sent me some gifts when we got home. There was a six-pack of some of the most expensive champagne I’ve seen in my life. She’s quite a lady.”

Merle describes fellow honoree Paul McCartney as not being “very funny,” but says the ceremony made him a new fan of the Commander in Chief. “He was really nice to us and he was nice to everybody else. It wasn’t just a brush-by — he made a special effort to get to know us,  the singer says of President Obama. “I was highly impressed with him. I’m not one to go for the charisma, [but] I realize that’s a talent and it’s really not something that may or may not make his presidency better. He has that charisma. I think that’s necessary and I think that when you represent America around the world, you need it. Ronald Reagan had it, and Bill Clinton had it.”

The Kennedy Center Honors will aired December 28 2010 on CBS at 9:00 ET.

  • mavis & noel | Jan 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Saw your show in Panama City FL last night, All we can say is IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!Merle, you are the Greatest. We love you nd your family. Thanks for aonce in a liffe time to see the GREATEST.

  • ken nash wheeling il | Jan 26, 2011 at 5:08 am

    hi merle
    !’am a year and half younger than you . Were are not getting any younger lol
    I’ve been a fan from way back got your book tried to get you to sign it back when you were here long time ago But didn’t get it that’s okay but I’ve read it three times
    I’ve got 45 of your albus. I think I got your very first album you on one side and Sonny James on the other side O we go wwwaaayyy back plan to watch you feb 8 on the Tonight show God Bless and hope you live to be 100
    your most devoid va
    ken nash

  • ROBERT | Jan 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm


  • Carol McKenzie | Jan 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Was so proud to see them give you your due at the Kennedy Center Honors. I am a Kern Co Girl, with Muskogee/Checotah Roots. still got family in all 3 places. (spent a little time at Trout’s and the Barrel house as well as a few other old watering holes. Hubby and I just got our tickets to see you and Kris in Cherokee. I am so looking forward to it.

  • sandra | Jan 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm


  • gary cicerello | Jan 16, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Merle: Phil baugh turned me on to telecasters and you in the early 6o”s and I”ve been your biggest fan ever since. congradulations on the kennedy award you deserve it

    • marvin hudson | Jan 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      merle i cried the whole time for your honor long past due.the other people that were honored don’t hold a candle to you wtg hag.

  • debra neal | Jan 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    dear merle,
    i hope that you are feeling better. i had won some tickets to see you from my local country radio station here where i live in marion, va. you were gonna be in charlottesville,va. but unfortunatly you became sick. i don’t know if i would of been able to take seeing you in concert, but i was so excited. if you ever plan to come near my home town, i’m gonna go. my favorite song is, “the first time we met” it reminds me of the day i gave birth to my now 20 year old daughter. that was my favorite memory of her. stay in touch. how can i get a merchandise catolog?

  • jan | Jan 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Hi I live in England and I am your age and a widdow so it is not possible for me to come over to USA due to finances etc perhaps if I won the lottery I could – wouldn’t that be just great. I would cheer the loudest to you just so as you see me My fav song at the moment is misry & gin but I have so many favs actually all the songs are my favs. My husband introduced me to your music many years ago I am so glad he did because in a strange way it keeps me closer to him and now I have you. I am so sorry you had cancer – my husband had that dreaded thing, he didn’t make it and died suddenly but you are one of the lucky ones and pulled thru’ congrats to al you have done and thank you for your music I love it so much. Be happy and healthy and love your life and make more songs and bring them over to England to Wembly or O2. I’ll be there!!! Lots of love hugs and kisses to you xx

  • garry | Jan 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Hope you are getting back to your old self and feeling good. Hey, that might be a good lyric for a song. Hoping you stay healthy and happy. Thanks for the music, especially the lyric’s.

  • Ward north | Jan 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Hey Buddy you were looking good there with oprah the rest of the stars, Much deserved , Been one of your millions of fans for 50 years.Wishing you the very best ,god bless.

  • ryan hilts | Jan 10, 2011 at 3:24 am

    hi everyone Merle has been my favorite since my father played one of his live tapes when i was 12 years old it was rainbow stew.I have since seen him in concert 16 times and i havent got to meet him yet.I did waite in nyc for almost 2 hours when he was touring with the last of the breed”willie nelson and ray price”. I almost got to then but he had to run in to the show.I did get to meet ray price which made my heart pound it was awsome.Their is something about him i love ive seen several other top acts and nobody seems to impress me like merle does.Well anyway i was wondering if they are gonna replay the kennedy center honors i would love to see it.

  • Ina | Jan 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I watched the Kennedy Center Honors 2010 December 28, and when I saw Merle sitting honoree’s section, I couldn’t stop smiling! It’s well-deserved honor upon a talented man who is truly “The Poet of the common man!

  • Ian | Jan 9, 2011 at 5:12 am

    I am so thrilled for Merle. His latest accolades are long deserved. He is a man of honor, dignity, and the arts. One of my true musical and humanitarian idols.

    I finally got to meet him on a chilly night in 1999 in Watkins Glen, NY.
    I drove almost 7 hours from CT. to see him and his band play at the small Glen Theater.
    It was a great show. I’ve seen him many, many times since. But that time, I got to thank him for his music and how much it has got me through some up’s and down’s through my life. In reply, he thanked me! A very special moment. I have a picture of us for posterity.

    Thanks for all you do Merle. Take care, Happy New Year and Congratulations.


  • Shawn | Jan 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Down every road there’s always one more city.Thanks for being there.I’m on the road the highway is my home.

  • Jan | Jan 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Pure pleasure to know you were feeling better and enjoying life. I hope I get to meet you and see you perform.

  • Josh | Jan 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Very much deserved and long overdue!