Hollywood actor Matthew Mcconaughey honoured his idol Willie Nelson by inducting the country music star to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in Texas on Saturday night (26Apr14). 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.
Willie Nelson and late blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble will be the inaugural inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in Texas. Organisers of the TV concert series have set up the Hall of Fame to mark the 40th anniversary of the Austin City Limits programme.
Show creator Bill Arhos will also be inducted alongside Nelson and Vaughan at a gala on 29 April (14).
Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Nelson's son Lukas will perform at the event.
The first Hall of Fame honourees all have Texas roots.
The 40th season of Austin City Limits will begin with a Nine Inch Nails concert, which will air in America on 5 April (14).
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor says, "We've waited a long time to do anything like this. We never thought we'd see the day when Nine Inch Nails would set foot on the ACL stage."
Ozzy Osbourne and late DJ Adam Goldstein are to be honoured at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in Los Angeles in May (14). The Black Sabbath frontman will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and he will also perform at the gala with guitarist Slash.
A spokesman for the event says, "He is being recognised for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process."
Osbourne adds, "I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse. This organisation literally saves lives."
Meanwhile, top DJ Mix Master Mike will celebrate the memory of Goldstein, aka DJ AM, who lost his battle with drug abuse in 2009.
Veteran rocker Peter Frampton and blues star Buddy Guy were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Tennessee on Tuesday night (28Jan14). The British guitarist was one of 12 stars awarded medals at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium ahead of a celebratory concert, and there were also posthumous honours for Roy Orbison and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Also inducted during Tuesday's ceremony were Randy Bachman from Bachman Turner Overdrive, country singer Barbara Mandrell, country musician Jimmy Capps, and guitarists Corki Casey O'Dell, Velma Smith and Will Lee.
Posthumous inductions went to Vaughan and his blues rock band Double Trouble and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith.
Speaking after the induction ceremony, Bachman says, "I don't like the word rock star or superstar. I am a guitar player, a songwriter who got lucky because I stayed at it and didn't give up, long enough that people noticed me."
Orbison received the Iconic Riff Award posthumously for his song Oh, Pretty Woman.
Former Guns N' Roses rockers SLASH and Duff Mckagan became the latest stars to join Stone Temple Pilots as they performed with new frontman Chester Bennington at a charity gig on Thursday night (30May13). Bennington was honoured by the MusiCares organisation at a special benefit show in Los Angeles on Thursday, and he showed off his latest collaboration with Stone Temple Pilots after recently stepping in to replace fired frontman Scott Weiland.
The group was joined by Slash and Duff McKagan for a performance at the city's Club Nokia venue, where Bennington was handed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the organisation's MAP Fund, which gives musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.
Bennington says of the award, which was presented to him by his Linkin Park co-star Mike Shinoda, "It's an honour, it's a very cool thing. It feels good. It's nice to be recognised for something like this."
After the gig, Slash wrote in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Awesome time at Music Cares MAP Fund tonight. Jamming with STP band & (Chester Bennington) & (Duff McKagan) was a memorable moment for sure."
Weiland previously insisted he was "hurt" to hear Bennington had taken his place in Stone Temple Pilots, and the latest collaboration with Slash and McKagan will be a further blow for the singer, as he previously played with them both in Velvet Revolver.
Bluesman Jimmy Dawkins has died at the age of 76. The star, nicknamed Fast Fingers, passed away in Chicago, Illinois of unknown causes on 10 April (13), according to the New York Times.
Born in Mississippi, Dawkins taught himself to play guitar at an early age and moved to the Midwestern city in 1955.
In 1969, he released the first of his 21 albums, Fast Fingers, which earned him the iconic moniker, as well as the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque from the Hot Club de France.
He went on to tour extensively in America, Europe and Japan, launch his own music label, Leric Records, and become a frequent contributor of Living Blues magazine.
Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan were among some of the star's biggest fans. He also worked with Otis Rush and Buddy Guy.
Authorities in the Bahamas on Sunday pressed on with their investigation into the crash of a Cessna aircraft that took the lives of singer-actress Aaliyah and eight others shortly after takeoff on a flight bound for Opa-Locka, FL. Reporting on the tragedy, Boston Globe music critic Steve Morse commented today (Monday): "It ended the life of a singer who brought a special elegance to the hip-hop/soul genre, as well as a unique charisma to the screen." In addition to recording two hit albums, Aaliyah, born Aaliyah Haughton 22 years ago, had also starred in last year's Romeo Must Die and had completed filming the movie version of Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned, in which she played the title character. She had also signed to appear in the next two sequels of The Matrix. Her death extends the sizable list of performers who have died in the crashes of small private craft, including Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), Patsy Cline, Rick Nelson, Otis Redding, Jim Croce, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ronnie Van Zant, and John Denver.