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Willie Nelson announced as keynote speaker for SXSW 2021 online festival

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 04: Legendary Recording Artist Willie Nelson speaks onstage at his album premier on April 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

South by Southwest has announced that legendary musician, philanthropist and entrepreneur Willie Nelson will be a keynote speaker for the 2021 online festival.

SXSW announced another wave of featured speakers and over 230 conference sessions for SXSW Online, which will take place online from March 16–20.

"No individual has had the cultural impact on, or been more synonymous with the creative vibrancy of Austin than Willie Nelson, and we are incredibly honored to have him as a SXSW Online 2021 Keynote,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “In addition to dozens of incredible Featured Speakers, today’s announcement also includes more than 200 sessions curated from our global community via PanelPicker, and is a key part of the premium content you can expect from SXSW Online 2021.”

Newly-announced speakers include Samantha Bee, Sir Richard Branson, LL Cool J and Queen Latifah.