Willie Nelson Monument Unveiled On 4/20

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Willie Nelson has been a country music icon for many years, his red braids and bandanna instantly recognizable to anyone with even a little knowledge of the genre. Countless musicians have been influenced by his slow, gentle style, and today marks the unveiling of a monument built in his honor in Austin, Texas.

The 8-foot statue of Nelson has been erected by the Moody Theater, and the artist, Clete Shields, says he wanted to give the musician a "timeless, ageless" look. The monument is intended to be a tribute to the man who has contributed so much to Austin and to the world of country music, as well as film; his songs have appeared in numerous movies, including "Shrek" and "Zombieland". Nelson himself has made appearances on television and on the silver screen; one of his most famous cameos is from the Dave Chappelle cult classic "Half Baked".

Nelson is famously pro-marijuana--having been arrested for possession of the drug several times--so the decision to hold the monument unveiling on a day which is nationally recognized as "weed day", or a day to recognize those who support it's legalization, seems rather cheeky. But the organizers insist it's just a coincidence.

Amanda Crum
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