Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself at 4:20 on 4/20

By Muriel Kane
Friday, April 20, 2012 21:54 EDT
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Country singer Willie Nelson unveiled an eight-foot statue of himself in front of the Austin City Limits Sutdio in Austin, TX on Friday.

Organizers of the event insisted that they hadn’t chosen the date deliberately to commemorate Nelson’s long-time advocacy of marijuana legalization, but once it was brought to their attention, they played along by setting the time of the unveiling at precisely 4:20 PM.

During the ceremony, Nelson sang his latest song, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” and according to the Associated Press, “Fellow singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson congratulated Nelson, who thanked the Texas city as marijuana smoke wafted through the crowd.”

This video was uploaded to YouTube by CNN on April 20, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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