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Willie Nelson Cuts Off His Braids!

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Not since Billy Ray Cyrus decided to chop off his mullet have I had such hair-raising news to report to country fans.

I'm just going to come out and say it: An institution is gone. Willie Nelson has cut his hair. His trademark, waist-length braids...poof, no more.

I know, I'm having a hard time believing it myself, but here's a couple of pictures to prove it.

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A spokesperson for the legendary entertainer explained to the Associated Press that Nelson decided to lose his signature style a couple of weeks ago. In trademark laid-back fashion, he didn't make too big a deal out of the event.

Any particular reason he went for the cut? Nothing official on record, but his previous length required "a lot of maintenance," the spokesperson speculated.

Fans of the singer immediately began chattering on Twitter regarding Nelson's new 'do, with comments ranging from pure shock ("Willie Nelson cut off his hair? Hath Hell frozen over?") to humor ("Hopefully [his braids] are up for auction on eBay!").

My take on the matter? Nelson spends a great deal of time in Hawaii, which has a fairly humid climate, so I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to simply cool off a bit one steamy Maui afternoon. And, hey, he's in his late 70s. I'd say he's served his iconic-style time, and then some. Good for you, Willie.

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