Arhos recalled a friend's comment after one of the times when Nelson, who is famously open about his marijuana use, was busted for weed possession.
"He said, 'That's like Wimpy getting busted for eating hamburgers,'" Arhos said.
Blues rockers Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd ended the night by joining Nelson on stage for a blistering rendition of "Texas Flood." The ceremony was held in the show's original intimate soundstage on the University of Texas at Austin campus, instead of a new 2,000-seat downtown venue where tapings moved several years ago.
Austin City Limits will air its 40th season starting in the fall.
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