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Willie Nelson inducted in Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

Willie Nelson inducted in Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

HALL OF FAME:Willie Nelson performs during the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show on Saturday night April 26. Nelson, who will celebrate his 81st birthday next week by receiving his fifth-degree black belt in martial arts, was the first Austin City Limits performer in 1974 on what is now the longest-running television music program in the U.S. Photo: Associated Press/KLRU, Scott Newton

Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey honored his idol Willie Nelson by inducting the country music star to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in Texas on Saturday night.

The Oscar winner was on hand to fete fellow Texas native Nelson at the glitzy ceremony, saying of the veteran musician, “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson.”

The show, held at the University of Texas at Austin campus, also featured tributes to Nelson from fellow country stars Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, who performed a number of his hits, while other inductees included the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and blues rock band Double Trouble.

The night ended with Nelson performing “Texas Flood” with Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

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