Emmylou Harris + Willie Nelson Duet During ‘Austin City Limits’ 40th Anniversary Season Finale [WATCH]
Austin City Limits celebrated its 40th anniversary season finale with a star-studded episode, hosted by actor Matthew McConaughey and featuring a duet between Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, among other performances, on Saturday (Feb. 14).
The hour-long finale featured highlights from the inaugural Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held last year, including several musical collaborations. Harris and Nelson joined together for the Nelson-penned "Crazy," while Lyle Lovett and Nelson sang "Funny How Time Slips Away."
Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph and Doyle Bramhall II were also among the broadcast's performers. The Hall of Fame ceremony honored Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the inaugural class of inductees.
“The return to Studio 6A was a night filled with many emotions,” ACL executive producer Terry Lickona says. “A lot of history was made on that weathered wood stage ... It almost felt like a time warp seeing Willie back up there, and we could feel the spirit of Stevie Ray in the room. There was magic in the air, and it shows!”
Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jiménez will be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame this year. The ceremony is planned for June.
“There are other Halls of Fame, but none quite like this,” says Lickona. “Austin City Limits has become a unique American institution in both the worlds of popular music and television. It has such a rich history and legacy that we decided it was time to celebrate and honor the artists and individuals who made it what it is today.”
The 40th anniversary season finale televised special is available for viewing for a limited time here.
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