News

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.

Recent Headlines

16 hours ago in National

Democrats, seeking unity, give Sanders say in party platform

14-overlay-8

The Democratic Party said on Monday it would give U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Sanders' camp and party leaders, whom Sanders has accused of favoring rival Hillary Clinton.

16 hours ago in National

Hawaii could be first to put gun owners in federal database

hawaiigunrestrictions16134856688305

Hawaii could become the first state in the nation to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

16 hours ago in Lifestyle, National

Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in U.S. is falling fast

cigarettes16137527645580

The smoking rate among U.S. adults has been falling steadily for decades but the latest survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the 2015 decline is the biggest in more than 20 years.

16 hours ago in National

States on Zika’s frontline see big gaps in funding, expertise

zikaREUTERS

In Mississippi, a small team of entomologists has begun the first survey of mosquito populations in decades. Experts do not believe the kind of mosquitoes most likely to carry the Zika virus are active in the state, but they cannot know for sure.

17 hours ago in National, World

Obama prods Vietnam on rights, promotes Trans-Pacific Partnership

11-overlay-12

U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes.