Hank Williams Jr.

Category:
Tennessean of the Year
Year Honored:
2007

Biography

In the music industry, there are very few artists who surpass superstar status to become true American icons. Hank Williams Jr. is a founding member of that elite club. Throughout his career, he’s helped shape our country’s cultural landscape with his unbridled creativity, from his gut honesty and unwavering personal convictions. His music not only reflects his own life, but the common experiences that unite us. His music has long been a barometer reflecting both our nation’s challenges and the resilience of the human spirit in such anthems as “A Country Boy Can Survive.” And he managed to perfectly capture the country’s sense of fun and competitive drive every Monday night as he looked into the cameras before ABC’s Monday Night Football and roared “Are You Ready for some Football?” Those words not only won him a legion of new fans during the last decade, they also earned Williams the distinction of being the first country artist ever to win an Emmy, a feat he repeated 1990 through 1993.

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