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Willie Nelson Inducted Into Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

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Willie Nelson has been inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.

Nelson was the first musician to perform on the ‘Austin City Limits’ television show when it premiered in 1974. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by fellow Texan Matthew McConaughey on Saturday night (April 26).

“There would be no ‘Austin City Limits’ without Willie Nelson,” McConaughey said as he presented the honor.

Nelson was joined by Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett on the original ACL stage at the University of Texas Austin to perform a set that included ‘On the Road Again’ and ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.’ He closed the evening with ‘Texas Flood,’ performed with Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

“It means a lot. It’s ‘Austin City Limits’ and Austin — the music capital of the world,” Nelson said (quote via Rolling Stone).

ACL is the longest-running music television show in the country, and it is about to head into its 40th season.

Next: The Top 10 Willie Nelson Songs

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