Kris Kristofferson presented the Nashville Songwriter Association International’s inaugural Kris Kristofferson Award to longtime friend Willie Nelson during a private ceremony Sunday night (Jan. 27) at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. The new honor will be bestowed from time to time in recognition of a songwriter’s lifetime achievement in creating music which has inspired generations and touched the lives of millions of listeners worldwide. The recipients will be determined by the NSAI’s board of directors. When asked by board members who should be the first recipient of the award, Kristofferson said, “It has to be Willie. His music has touched the world.” After presenting the award, Kristofferson and Nelson performed several of their best-known songs.