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Ken Burns' 'Country Music,' 'Yellowstone,' 'Deadwood' movie and more to be honored at National Cowboy Museum's Western Heritage Awards

"Country Music," directed by Ken Burns, will be honored at the 2020 Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. [Poster image provided]
"Country Music," directed by Ken Burns, will be honored at the 2020 Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. [Poster image provided]

The best in Western film, TV, music and literature will be honored during the 60th Annual Western Heritage Awards April 17-18 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. 

Presented by celebrity hosts, this black-tie event honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through creative works, as well as inductees into the Hall of Great Western Performers, Hall of Great Westerners, Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award and Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

The 2020 honorees include:

Literary Awards

• Western Novel: "The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage," written and published by Gerry Robinson
• Nonfiction Book: "Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power," by Pekka Hämäliänen, published by Yale University Press
• Art/Photography Book: "Don Weller Tracks," by Don Weller, published by Weller Institute for the Cure of Design
• Juvenile Book: "J is for Jackalope" by Teal Blake
• Magazine Article: "If You had Fought Bravely I would have Sung for You: The Changing Roles of Cheyenne Women During Ninteenth-Century Plains Warfare," by David Beyreis, published Montana The Magazine of Western History
• Poetry Book: "We Make a Tiny Herd: Poems to Honor the Burro Lady of Far West Texas," by Lucy Griffith, published by Main Street Rag

Music Awards

• Original Western Composition: “Hats Off to the Cowboy,” recording artist Red Steagall, composed by Red Steagall and Joe Merrick
• Traditional Western Album: "Shadow of a Cowboy," recording artist Andy Hedges
• New Horizon: “Desert Dwelling Mama,” recording artist Adrian Brannan, produced by Craig Schumacher

Film & Television Awards

• Fictional Drama: “Touching Your Enemy,” "Yellowstone," Season 2, Episode 5, starring Kevin Costner, written by Taylor Sheridan
• Western Lifestyle Program: "Cow Town," produced by Robert Burch and OETA
• Theatrical Motion Picture: "Deadwood: The Movie," starring Timothy Olyphant, directed by Daniel Minahan, produced by HBO
• Documentary: "Country Music," directed by Ken Burns, written and produced by Dayton Duncan

Each award winner and inductee receives a Wrangler, a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback.

As previously reported, Golden Globe-nominated actor Kurt Russell and his late father actor Bing Russell will be inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers; cattle ranchers Montford T. Johnson and Bennett Richard Houston will be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners; third-generation rancher John Scott will receive the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award; and Academy Award winner Robert Duvall will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Western Heritage Awards events: 

Friday, April 17
The 60th annual Western Heritage Awards festivities begin at 11 a.m. April 17 with a workshop free to the public with museum admission. That evening, the Western Heritage Cocktail Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Western or business casual attire. At 6 p.m., attendees will take part in an autograph session with honorees.

Saturday, April 18
The Western Heritage Awards Panel with the honorees and moderated by actor and producer Rex Linn begins at 11 a.m. April 18. The panel discussion is free to the public with museum admission.

The Western Heritage Awards Cocktail Hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner service and the awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

Reservations are required for all evening events and will be available March 1. For additional information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/event/westernheritage or contact Kaylia McCracken, events coordinator, at 478-2250, Ext. 218.

-BAM

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"Country Music," directed by Ken Burns, will be honored at the 2020 Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. [Poster image provided]

"Country Music," directed by Ken Burns, will be honored at the 2020 Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. [Poster image provided]

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Brandy McDonnell

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