R.S. Owens announced the completion of the First Annual CMA Lifetime Achievement award presented to Willie Nelson at the televised Country Music Association Awards that took place in Nashville.
Nelson was not only the subject of, but also a participant in, the all-star tribute to his career at the Thursday, Nov. 1 CMA Awards. During the show, several artists covered some of his best-known songs before he joined them on stage for “On the Road Again.” Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Hillary Scott and Keith Urban joined the tribute as Brad Paisley presented Nelson with the award.
The award was designed and handcrafted in the U.S. by R.S. Owens. The Country Music Association requested that the award be constructed from silver and walnut as well as made in America. R.S. Owens’ distributor, HALO, selected the company to create this award design and provided the CMA design requirements.
The resulting 36" tall award was created from aluminum, bronze and walnut. The side struts, made from hand-fabricated aluminum, were polished to a gleaming finish. The struts support an etched bronze medallion designed to resemble fans supporting the Country Music Association’s lifetime achiever.
The bronze disc is nested in a holder of polished aluminum and the entire structure is mounted to a circular American black walnut base. The recipient’s name is etched and colorfilled on the front of the wood. When seen from the front, the profile of the award is designed to echo the famous “bullet” shape of the CMA music award.
When an award is designed for one or two recipients, a steel mold is not always needed to achieve amazing results. This award demonstrates R.S. Owens’ fabricating capability. For more information on the company, visit rsowens.com or pictureframes.net.