Hank Williams Jr. Part Three
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2011 Fox and Friends Appearance
In an October 3, 2011, interview with Fox News Channel‘s Fox & Friends, Williams referred to a June golf game in which President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner had teamed against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Governor John Kasich, saying the match was “one of the biggest political mistakes ever“.When asked why the golf game troubled him, Williams stated, “Come on. That ‘d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu … in the shape this country is in?“ He also said that the President and Vice President were “the enemy“ and compared them to “the Three Stooges“. Later, anchor Gretchen Carlson said to him, “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president.“ Williams replied, “Well, that is true. But I‘m telling you like it is.“ As a result of his statements, ESPN dropped Williams‘ opening song from its Monday Night Football broadcast of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus the Indianapolis Colts and replaced it with the national anthem.
Williams later said his analogy was “extreme— but it was to make a point“, and“some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood … I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me— how ludicrous that pairing was. They‘re polar opposites, and it made no sense. They don’t see eye to eye and never will“. Additionally, Williams said he has “always respected the office of the president … Working-class people are hurting— and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job— it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change“. ESPN later said it was “extremely disappointed“ in Williams‘ comments, and pulled his opening from that night‘s broadcast.
Three days later, ESPN announced Williams and his song would not return to Monday Night Football, ending the use of the song that had been part of the broadcast on both ABC and ESPN since 1989. Williams expressed defiance and indifference on his website, and said he was the one who had made the decision. “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,“ he wrote. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It‘s been a great run.“ Williams‘ son, Hank Williams III, stayed neutral in the debate, telling TMZ.com that most musicians, including his father, are “not worthy“ of apolitical discussion.
After his song was pulled from Monday Night Football, Williams recorded a song criticizing Obama, ESPN and Fox & Friends, titled “Keep the Change“. He released the track on iTunes and via free download at his website. The song garnered over 180,000 downloads in two days.
Williams continued to make his opinions of President Obama known; during a performance at the Iowa State Fair in August 2012 he called Obama a Muslim and told the crowd, “We‘ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!“
On June 5, 2017, ESPN announced that Williams would return to Monday Night Football for the 2017 NFL season.
• Your Cheatin‘ Heart (1964 )
• Connie Francis and Hank Williams Jr. Sing Great Country Favorites (1964 )
• Ballads of the Hills and Plains (1965 )
• Blues My Name (1965 )
• A Time to Sing (1967 )
• Songs My Father Left Me (1969 )
• Luke the Drifter Jr. Vol.
2( 1969) • Live at Cobo Hall (1969 )
• Sunday Morning (1969 )
• After You, Pride‘s Not Hard to Swallow (1973 )
• Hank Williams Jr. and Friends (1975 )
• One Night Stands (1977 )
• The New South (1977 )
• Family Tradition (1979 )
• Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound (1979 )
• Habits Old and New (1980 )
• Rowdy (1981 )
• The Pressure Is On (1981 )
• High Notes (1982 )
• Strong Stuff (1983 )
• Man of Steel (1983 )
• Major Moves (1984 )
• Five-O (1985 )
• Montana Cafe (1986 )
• Hank Live (1987 )
• Born to Boogie (1987 )
• Wild Streak (1988 )
• Lone Wolf (1990 )
• Pure Hank (1991 )
• Maverick (1992 )
• Out of Left Field (1993 )
• Hog Wild (1995 )
• A.K.A. Wham Bam Sam (1996 )
• Three Hanks: Men with Broken Hearts (1996 )
• Stormy (1999 )
• The Almeria Club Recordings (2002 )
• I‘m One of You (2003 )
• 127 Rose Avenue (2009 )
• Old School New Rules (2012 )
• It‘s About Time (2016 )
Awards And Nominations
Year Award Award
2017 No. 50 in Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time RollingStone
2007 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2007 CMT Giants CMT 2007 Tennessean of the Year Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 2006 Johnny Cash Visionary Award CMT Music Awards 2003 No. 20 in CMT‘s 40 GreatestMen of Country Music CMT 1994 Composed Theme Emmy 1993 Composed Theme Emmy 1992Composed Theme Emmy 1991 Composed Theme Emmy 1990 Video of the Year— There‘s A Tear in My Beer TNN/Music City News 1990 Vocal Collaboration of the Year— There‘sA Tear in My Beer TNN/Music City News 1989 Video of the Year— There‘s A Tear inMy Beer Academy of Country Music 1989 Song of the Year nomination— There‘s A Tear in My Beer Academy of Country Music 1989 Single Record of the year nomination—There‘s A Tear in My Beer Academy of Country Music 1989 Entertainer of the YearAcademy of Country Music 1989 Music Video of the Year— There‘s A Tear in My BeerCountry Music Association 1989 Vocal Event of the Year— There‘s A Tear in My BeerCountry Music Association 1989 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration withVocals— There‘s A Tear in My Beer Grammy Awards 1988 Entertainer of the YearAcademy of Country Music 1988 Video of the Year— Young Country Academy of CountryMusic 1988 Top Male Vocalist nomination Academy of Country Music 1988 MaleVocalist of the Year nomination Country Music Association 1988 Album of the Year—Born to Boogie Country Music Association 1988 Entertainer of the Year CountryMusic Association 1988 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male nomination— Born to Boogie Grammy Awards 1987 Top Male Vocalist nominationAcademy of Country Music 1987 Song of the Year nomination— Born to Boogie Academy of Country Music 1987 Single Record of the Year nomination— Born to BoogieAcademy of Country Music 1987 Entertainer of the Year Academy of Country Music1987 Album of the Year nomination— Born to Boogie Academy of Country Music 1987Entertainer of the Year Country Music Association 1987 Music Video of the Year—My Name is Bocephus Country Music Association 1987 Male Vocalist of the Yearnomination Country Music Association 1987 Grammy Award for Best Country VocalPerformance, Male nomination— Ain’t Misbehavin Grammy Awards 1986 Top MaleVocalist nomination Academy of Country Music 1986 Entertainer of the Year nomination Academy of Country Music 1986 Male Vocalist of the Year nominationCountry Music Association 1985 Music Video of the Year— All My Rowdy Friends AreComing Over Tonight Country Music Association 1985 Male Vocalist of the Yearnomination Country Music Association 1985 Top Male Vocalist nomination Academy ofCountry Music 1985 Single Record of the Year nomination— I‘m For Love Academy ofCountry Music 1985 Entertainer of the Year nomination Academy of Country Music1985 Album of the Year nomination— Five-O Academy of Country Music 1985 GrammyAward for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male nomination— All My Rowdy FriendsAre Coming Over Tonight Grammy Awards 1985 Grammy Award for Best Country Song nomination— All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight Grammy Awards 1984 Video of the Year— All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight Academy of CountryMusic 1984 Album of the Year nomination— Man of Steel Academy of Country Music1984 Entertainer of the Year nomination Academy of Country Music 1983 Entertainer of the Year nomination Academy of Country Music 1982 Top Male Vocalist nominationAcademy of Country Music 1981 Top Male Vocalist nomination Academy of CountryMusic 1980 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male nomination—Family Tradition Grammy Awards 1966 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Album nomination – Father and son: Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.
Grammy Awards 1965 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Album nomination – HankWilliams Jr. Sings The Songs of Hank Williams Grammy Awards