Kris Kristofferson will be the subject of a special tribute at next week’s CMA Awards. Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osborne of Brothers Osborne are set to sing Kristofferson’s classic “Me and Bobby McGee.” Kristofferson is not expected to be in attendance.
Kristofferson is this year’s recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was first presented in 2012 to Nelson. It has been presented four other times, to Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash, posthumously (2015) and Dolly Parton (2016).
Kristofferson won his only CMA Award in 1970 — song of the year for “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” which was recorded by Cash. Sammi Smith‘s cover version of Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night” took single of the year the following year. Kristofferson’s hit ballad “Why Me” was nominated for single and song of the year for 1973.
“Highwaymen,” his collaboration with Nelson, Cash and Waylon Jennings, received a total of four nominations over the long life of the project. Kristofferson’s most recent CMA nom was for “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” a 2012 collab with Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Jamey Johnson.
Kristofferson, 83, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.