NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Pioneering country music star Charley Pride will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMA Awards in November.
The wealthy baritone singer became the genre’s first black superstar, with 29 No. 1 hits between the 1960s and 1980s, including songs like ‘Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’ and ‘Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.
Pride, 82, will receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMA Awards on ABC on Nov. 11.
Pride was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1971 and won Male Artist of the Year in 1971 and 1972. He has three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
Often cited as paving the way for many others to follow, Pride was also the first black country artist to co-host the CMA Awards in 1975 with Glen Campbell.
Other recipients of the award include Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson.
“Few other artists have grown the rich heritage of country music and led to the advancement of country music around the world like Charley,” Sarah Trahern, CEO of CMA, said in a statement. the rural community today. We couldn’t be more pleased to honor Charley with one of CMA’s highest accolades. ”