Willie Nelson Announced As Keynote Speaker At SXSW Online

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South By Southwest announced that legendary musician, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Willie Nelson will be the keynote speaker for SXSW Online 2021, the annual Austin multimedia festival and convention that will take place entirely online this year due to the pandemic.

The 2020 South By Southwest was canceled due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Featured Speakers for the March 16-20 event include Samantha Bee, Sir Richard Branson, Nicholas Britell, Dave Burd (aka Lil Dicky), The Chainsmokers, Chiquis, Taraji P. Henson, Barry Jenkins, Matthew McConaughey, Queen Latifah and LL COOL J.

Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief Programming Officer, said that in addition, the event also includes more than 200 sessions curated from the SXSW global community via PanelPicker, which is a key part of the premium content.

Those who want to access the event can buy SXSW online passes for $249.

Details about the SXSW Comedy Festival, Film Festival screenings, Music Festival showcases, and more will be announced later.

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