"..craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life."Better late than never, I guess. And perhaps appropriate since the entire winner's set is usually part of a good ole boy's club anyway. Williams now shares the award with a bunch of other luminaries, like the New York Times and Joseph Pulitzer.
Who knows, maybe they felt the need to improve their street cred and reach across the aisle to the Nascar crowd. Williams was the father of country music and he was a populist, probably a Pulitzer prerequisite. But he was also the epitome of the American dream, born a poor white kid in Alabama who rose to the top of his field solely on talent and perseverance. So congrats to the Williams family.