Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill, Lionel Richie & More to Honor Kenny Rogers on “CMT Giants” TV Special

Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill, Lionel Richie & More to Honor Kenny Rogers on “CMT Giants” TV Special

CMT will celebrate the life and career of Kenny Rogers, who passed away on March 20 at age 81, during an upcoming TV special, CMT Giants Kenny Rogers, on April 8.

The tribute, which will be hosted by Rita Wilson, will feature virtual performances and interviews from Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more. The special will be filmed from performers’ homes and blended alongside archival photos, interviews and performances, with clips and commentary from Kenny.

During the special, viewers will have the opportunity to donate directly to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was created by The Recording Academy to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent cancellation of music events. Half of all funds raised will go directly to the Nashville country community.

Viewers can support CMT’s efforts here or by texting KENNYCARES to 41444 to contribute during the broadcast.

Launched in 2006, the CMT Giants series is CMT’s elite honor celebrating the careers of country music’s most legendary artists, inclduing Reba McEntire (2006), Hank Williams, Jr. (2007) and Alan Jackson (2008). In his nearly six decades on the charts, Kenny sold more than 120 million albums and recorded hit songs such as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Lucille,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and more.

CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares will premiere on April 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. The special will encore on MTV Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on April 10 and again on CMT at 12 p.m. ET/PT on April 11.

photo by Curtis HIlbun, AFF-USA.com

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

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