Kenny Rogers, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, will receive The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during The 47th Annual CMA Awards set to air live from Nashville on November 6 at 8/7c on ABC. Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker will perform during a special tribute to Kenny.
“Kenny Rogers is a living legend and country music trailblazer,” Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors, said. “He is more than deserving of this honor and what is sure to be a stellar tribute. He represents everything that this award was intended to recognize when we initiated it last year with Willie.”
The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was presented for the first time last year to its namesake. It was created to honor an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music and recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation.
Additionally, The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum have been added to the lineup of performers scheduled to take the stage during the CMA Awards. Previously announced performers include Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban.
There are also a number of all-star collaborations set to take place, including Taylor Swift taking the stage with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss to perform a special rendition of “Red”; Zac Brown Band with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl; and Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz. Plus, Alan Jackson and George Strait will perform together in a tribute to George Jones, who passed away in April.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will return as co-hosts. Before the show starts, be sure to tune into Great American Country at 7/6c for all the glitz and glamor live from the CMA Awards Red Carpet!