Keith Urban has been one of the most outspoken fans of Williams' work. Earlier this year, he told CMT that Williams' recordings "influence the way I make records ... They're the masters of recorded simplicity and honoring a song in a way that I cannot think of other records that hit that spot of extraordinary craftsmanship. It's about achieving that."
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Urban, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss were all part of Williams’ 2012 album, “And So it Goes.”
Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and, in 1978, earned the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year award.