George Strait to Receive Western Heritage Award at ‘Oscars of the West’

by Clayton Edwards

The West isn’t just a section of the map. It represents a culture, history, and way of life for thousands of Americans both past and present. Even in today’s technology-centric world, people are out there keeping the spirit of the West alive. They do so through their lifestyles, values, art, and music. One of the most high-profile individuals keeping tending the flame of the spirit of the West is George Strait.

As a longtime staple of the country music genre, George Strait is a household name. At the same time, he is a dyed in the wool cowboy. Several of his social media posts put his cowboy lifestyle on full display. At the same time, his music is steeped in the style, work ethic, and values of the American West. Strait might be America’s favorite cowboy at this point.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (formerly the National Cowboy Hall of Fame) will honor George Strait among others at their upcoming awards ceremony. The Western Heritage Awards event will take place on September seventeenth and eighteenth. That event, like the organization hosting it, seeks to honor “individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through their life and career,” according to City Sentinel.

The awards ceremony is often called the “Oscars of the West,” and for good reason. Every year, the celeb-hosted event brings in the biggest names in Western music, television, literature, and film. George Strait fits that mold better than just about anyone else.

This year, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will honor George Strait with the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. Instead of a statue, Strait and other Lifetime Achievement Award winners will receive a three-piece Western buckle set. The buckles are created by silversmiths from the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association.

More About The Organization Honoring George Strait

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s president and CEO, Natalie Shirley spoke to the City Sentinel about the organization. “Our institution began as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame over sixty years ago,” Shirley said. She went on to say that they are proud to be able to carry on the legacy of the Cowboy Hall of Fame through the Western Heritage Awards. Additionally, they host and maintain the Hall of Great Westerners as well as the Hall of Great Western Performers. Both of those honor those who exemplify the spirit of the West.

She went on to say that she hoped that they could continue to do what they do for years to come. “We look forward to honoring great men and women of the West for years to come as we continue to provide space for people to remember and interact with the stories so many of us have come to cherish.”