Kenny Rogers knows when to hold ‘em and knows when to fold ‘em — and he’d better know to be at this year’s CMA Awards, because there’s a very special honor for him.
The 75-year-old “Lucille” and “Islands in the Stream” singer will be given the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMAs ceremony, which will air Nov. 6 on ABC. Rogers will be feted with a tribute that will feature performances from Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker.
Rogers, who has received five CMA Awards, has sold more than 120 million records worldwide. His career also includes 24 No. 1 songs and 12 No. 1 albums.
Recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, hewill be the second musician to receive the award. The first, who received the award last year, was — go ahead, guess — Willie Nelson.
CMA Board of directors president Ed Hardy called Rogers “a living legend and country music trailblazer,” adding, “He is more than deserving of this honor and what is sure to be a stellar tribute.”