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Willie Nelson Becomes Honorary Doctor

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Country music legend Willie Nelson has been named an honorary doctor — of music.

The 80-year-old Texan was honored Saturday by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, along with musicians Carole King and Annie Lennox.

“I was going to ask them if I could write my own medication,” Nelson told the Boston Globe before the ceremony. ”Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.”

Nelson has long been a staunch advocate of decriminalization of marijuana and has had his share of drug-related brushes with the law.

The new “doctor” seemed to revel in his title, tweeting a picture of himself sporting his trademark long braids and wearing graduation regalia.

“Dr Willie looks great,” he wrote.

Lennox, best known as one half of the Eurythmics duo, delivered the commencement speech to more than 1,050 graduating students and their guests at Agganis Arena, one night after she and Nelson took to the stage separately to perform with students at the school’s commencement concert.

Berklee has previously bestowed the honor on some of the most influential names in music, including Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and David Bowie, according to the school’s website.

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Willie Nelson Is Fine, Will Perform as Scheduled, Says Rep

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Willie Nelson is heading back out on the road again.

The legendary singer missed a show outside of Denver over the weekend because he was hospitalized with breathing problems, but a spokesperson tells ABC News Radio that he's now "fine."

Nelson will perform as scheduled Tuesday night at the House of Blues in Dallas.  No other shows are being canceled.

Nelson, 79, had been scheduled to perform at a fundraiser on Saturday for an animal sheltering organization.

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Willie Nelson to Headline Tour Starting in May

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Country Throwdown tour is back. This time is will be known as Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour 2011, kicking off May 27 and running through July 4.

Nelson will be on the bill along with Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice and Craig Campbell, among others.

Here's the tour itinerary:

5/27 -- Philadelphia, PA, The MANN
5/28 -- Gilford, NH, Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion
5/29 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Expo
6/3 -- Nashville, TN, The Woods at Fontanel
6/4 -- Little Rock, AR, North Shore Park at the Arkansas River
6/11 -- Sparta, IL, World Shooting & Recreation Complex
6/16 -- Roanoke Rapids, NC, The Rapids Jam
6/17 -- Simpsonville, SC, Charter Amphitheater
6/18 -- Waldorf, MD, Regency Stadium
6/19 -- Knoxville, TN, World's Fair Park
6/23 -- Del Mar, CA, Grandstand
6/24 -- Ontario, CA, Citizens Business Bank Arena
6/25 -- Pozo, CA, Pozo Saloon
6/30 -- McAllen, TX, Las Palmas Race Park
7/1 -- Corpus Christi, TX, Concrete Street Amphitheater
7/2 -- Eufala, OK, Eufala Cove Amphitheater

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Willie Nelson Jailed on Drug Possession

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SIERRA BLANCA, Texas) -- Country music legend Willie Nelson was charged with possession of marijuana after six ounces were discovered aboard his tour bus in Texas, according to a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman.

Nelson's tour bus pulled into a routine checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas -- approximately 85 miles east of El Paso -- around 9 a.m. on Friday. When an officer noticed a suspicious odor coming from the bus, a search turned up the marijuana, police said.

Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times that Nelson, 77, claimed that the marijuana was his. According to police patrolman Bill Brooks, a sheriff from Hudspeth County was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested at the scene. Nelson was held briefly and paid a $2,500 bond before being released.

At the time Nelson was traveling from California to his ranch in Austin, Texas.

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