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Willie Nelson inducted in Austin City Limits Hall

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Willie Nelson performs during the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show on Saturday night April 26, 2014. (Scott Newton/AP photo) Willie Nelson performs during the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show on Saturday night April 26, 2014. (Scott Newton/AP photo)
AUSTIN, Texas - In this town, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson.

The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

McConaughey, who last month won his first Academy Award for best actor in "Dallas Buyers Club," inducted his friend and fellow Texan with simplicity.

"There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson," McConaughey said.

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.

Fellow country icons Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett joined the "Red Headed Stranger" on stage for a string of hits including "On the Road Again" and "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die."

Also inducted were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, longtime show producer Bill Arhos and former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, whose "pickin' parties" with guitar songwriters at his Austin home after games helped inspire the show.

Austin City Limits will air its 40th season starting in the fall.

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