Willie Nelson to be keynote speaker for 2021 SXSW Online

January 13, 2021

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- The red-headed stranger himself, Willie Nelson, will be the keynote speaker for SXSW Online, officials announced Wednesday morning.

The online event is scheduled to take place March 16-20, 2021.

“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, SXSW's 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.”

In addition to Nelson, a number of featured speakers have been announced, including Samantha Bee, Sir Richard Branson, Nicholas Britell, Dave Burd (aka Lil Dicky), The Chainsmokers, Chiquis, Laurieann Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Barry Jenkins, Matthew McConaughey, Queen Latifah, LL COOL J, and more.

SXSW says it's continuing to work with the City of Austin and public health authorities on the possibility of a physical event at some point in 2021, although SXSW officials say their focus is on SXSW Online given the area's recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

More information on the SXSW Online offering is available at the SXSW website.