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Johnny Depp Sneaks Onstage to Play Guitar with Willie Nelson (Photo)

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Johnny Depp Sneaks Onstage to Play Guitar with Willie Nelson in Boston

Originally posted 06/19/2014 11:05AM

Johnny Depp has a lot of friends. So when Willie Nelson & Family came to town on Tuesday for a concert with Alison Krauss, Depp made sure to spend some time with his country legend pal – onstage.

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See Charming Photos from 81-Year-Old Willie Nelson's Black Belt Ceremony

See Charming Photos from 81-Year-Old Willie Nelson's Black Belt Ceremony

Originally posted 04/30/2014 10:40AM

Some advice for when Willie Nelson slides off his sneakers personalized with the word "Texas": Don't mess with him.

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Guess Who Inducted Willie Nelson Into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

Willie Nelson Inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame by Matthew McConaughey

Originally posted 04/29/2014 11:45AM

Country music icon Willie Nelson had a lot to celebrate on Saturday night in Austin, Texas, as he became one of the first-ever inductees to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame.

The ceremony marked the 40th anniversary of the show and brought out recent Oscar winner and hometown favorite Matthew McConaughey, who told the crowd, "There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson."

"He's been called Saint Willie," McConaughey continued. "There's a statue of him in the middle of downtown Austin on a street called Willie Nelson Boulevard. He's always been larger than life, a living legend. He's an icon, an inspiration to many."

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Kung Fu Willie: The Singer Earns a Fifth-Degree Black Belt in Martial Arts

UpdatePosted 04/26/2014 08:00PM

Willie Nelson Earns Fifth-Degree Black Belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul

Originally posted 04/24/2014 01:00PM

He's got some kick! While Willie Nelson may seem to some like a kicked-back, mellow jammer, it turns out the country legend knows his way around the martial arts, studying Kung fu since he first arrived in Nashville decades ago.

Nelson, who turns 81 on Tuesday, is set to receive his fifth-degree black belt in the modern Korean martial art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul in a ceremony he will attend on April 28 in Austin, Texas, officiated by Grand Master Sam Um.

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Meet Country Music's New Guard of Entertainers | Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan

Is Luke Bryan the Next Garth Brooks?: Meet Country Music's New Guard of Entertainers

Originally posted 03/26/2014 03:00PM

The Academy of Country Music awards are just a banjo solo away, broadcasting on Sunday, April 6th on CBS.

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From Pharrell's Mountie to Madonna's Fedora: The Best Hats at the Grammys | Pharrell Williams

From Pharrell's Mountie to Madonna's Fedora: All the Best Hats from the 2014 Grammys

Originally posted 01/27/2014 12:25AM

When Pharrell Williams strolled into the Grammys wearing an oversize Royal Canadian Mountie hat, it immediately became the Internet's favorite Grammy-night accessory. He also launched the official trend of the night on the red carpet and inside the Staples Center – lots and lots of hats.

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Willie Nelson Band Members Injured in Tour Bus Crash

Willie Nelson Band Members Injured in Tour Bus Crash

Originally posted 11/23/2013 01:25PM

Willie Nelson has cancelled his current tour indefinitely due to a bus crash early Saturday morning outside of Sulphur Springs, Texas, that left three of his band members injured.

Nelson, 80, was not on board the tour bus when it crashed into a bridge at about 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 30, NBC news reports.

One of Nelson's band members suffered serious injuries and two others received minor injuries, trooper Sylvia Jennings says. All three were taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, about 80 miles outside of Dallas.

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PEOPLE Critic Reviews Emotional Highs and Lows of Grammy Telecast | Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J

PEOPLE Critic Reviews Emotional Highs and Lows of Grammy Telecast

Originally posted 02/13/2012 04:00PM

The Grammys would have been (and were) a showcase for the glory that is Adele, but Whitney Houston's death 24 hours before the event turned the CBS special into a night of mourning and celebration cresting on big, pure emotions. That's what brought in an estimated 39 million viewers, the highest number for the broadcast since 1984 and the second highest ever.

LL Cool J, who handled the hosting duties without any perceptible wrinkling in his uncanny smoothness, opened with a simple prayer for Houston, "a woman who we loved … our fallen sister." This set up a clip of the six-time Grammy winner belting her signature hit "I Will Always Love You."

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Lionel Richie Is Going Country with New Duets on the CMAs | Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie Is Going Country with New Duets on the CMAs

Originally posted 10/26/2011 02:00PM

Lionel Richie is connecting with his country side.

The singer, who's got an upcoming country duets album called Tuskegee, will show off his chops live on the CMA Awards Nov. 9 (8 p.m. ET), performing with Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town

"Over a period of time, I realized that the songs that I was writing translated to country," Richie, 62, said in a press release. "As a songwriter, I didn't really start out thinking I was country; I was thinking I was R&B."

"It was just a natural progression," he added. "I am from Tuskegee, Alabama; I am a country boy. It just felt right to do this."

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Willie Nelson Arrested for Marijuana Possession | Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Originally posted 11/29/2010 07:45AM

Country-music legend Willie Nelson was arrested Friday in Texas and charged with marijuana possession after police allegedly found six ounces of marijuana on his tour bus.

The bus was stopped at the Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, east of El Paso, reports the El Paso Times. He posted bond and was released.

Nelson, 77, was headed from California to Austin, where he owns a ranch.

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