Today, CMT announced that legendary country superstar Kenny Rogers will receive the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime” award presented by Ram Trucks during the sixth annual “CMT Artists of the Year,” the definitive year-end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville onWednesday, December 2 at 8pm ET/PT. Rogers is only the second recipient of the award with Merle Haggard receiving the inaugural honor in 2014.
“You go through your life and your career and you try to do the right things and make the right decisions. You don’t always do that, but I have been very lucky. I am grateful for it all. This is a great honor and one I highly treasure. Being in with Merle Haggard on anything is always a thrill. To CMT, the fans, and all who made this incredible award possible, I can’t thank you enough,” said Rogers.
The sixth-annual 90-minute special will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the five artists selected by CMT as the top artists of the year: Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town. These artists collectively dominated the last 12 months ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas around the country. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.
They join an overgrowing prestigious list of past “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees that includes Jason Aldean (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Kenny Chesney (2011, 2012), Eric Church (2012), Hunter Hayes (2013), Toby Keith (2012), Lady Antebellum (2010, 2011),Miranda Lambert (2012, 2014), Tim McGraw (2013), Brad Paisley (2011), Taylor Swift (2010, 2011), Carrie Underwood (2010, 2012),Keith Urban (2014) and Zac Brown Band (2010).
Previous “CMT Artist of the Year” performances have included Adeleand Darius Rucker performing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan’s mashup of “Oh No” and “All Night Long,” and Maroon 5 covering Taylor Swift’s “Mine.” The show has featured appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Clemens, Morgan Freeman and more.
The past several years have been some of the most active and rewarding of Country Music Hall of Fame member and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Kenny Rogers,’ entire career. Having recently announced his retirement from touring on NBC’sToday show, he is gearing up for a worldwide farewell tour bringing his legendary music one last time to fans across the globe. On Nov. 11, Rogers embarked on his 34th Christmas & Hits tour in support of his latest Christmas album, Once Again It’s Christmas (Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville). In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th Annual CMA Awards.
To date, Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. He has charted a record within each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers quickly became a pop superstar as well — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10’s rank him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 12 No. 1 albums and 24 No. 1 hits and is the RIAA’s eighth best–selling male solo artist of all time. He has received three GRAMMY Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards and six Country Music Association awards.
To celebrate Rogers’s lifetime achievement, RAM Trucks and CMT are giving one lucky winner and a guest the chance to attend “CMT Artists of the Year” and experience the presentation live with the “Experience of a Lifetime Contest Presented by RAM Trucks.” To enter, fans can go to ramlifetime.cmt.com, or enter via social on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with custom hashtag #RAMlifetimeContest and submit a photo/video of who inspires them.
KENNY ROGERS’ Once Again It’s Christmas Tour
NOV. 16 Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre | Bridgewater, NS, Canada
NOV. 17 Casino New Brunswick | Mocnton, NB, Canada
NOV. 18 Rath Eastlink Cetre | Truro, NS, Canada
NOV. 20 Pepsi Centre | Corner Brook, NL, Canada
NOV. 21 Clarenville Events Centre | Clarenville, NL, Canada
NOV. 22 Mile One Centre | St. John’s, NL, Canada
NOV. 27 Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield | Northfield, Ohio
NOV. 28 Star Plaza Theater | Merrillville, Ind.
NOV. 29 Honeywell Center | Wabash, Ala.
NOV. 30 Hulman Center – Indiana State | Terre Haute, Ind.
DEC. 01 US Cellular Center | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DEC. 03 Divots Conference Center | Norfolk, Neb.
DEC. 04 North Star Mohican Casino Showroom | Bowler, Wi.
DEC. 05 FireKeepers Casino – Event Center | Battle Creek, Mich.
DEC. 06 The Colosseum at Ceasars Windsor | Windsor, ON, Canada
DEC. 08 Paramount Arts Center | Ashland, Ky.
DEC. 10 State Theatre | New Brunswick, N.J.
DEC. 11 Westchester County Center | White Plains, Ala.
DEC. 12 Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Conn.
DEC. 13 Cross Insurance Center | Banger, Maine
DEC. 15 Maryland Theater | Hagerstown, Md.
DEC. 16 Berglund Center| Roanoke, Va.
DEC. 17 Turning Stone Resort & Casino Event Center | Verona, N.Y.
DEC. 18 Valley Forge Casino Resort | King Of Prussia, Pa.
DEC. 19 Bergen Performing Arts Center | Englewood, N.J.
DEC. 20 The Capitol Center for the Arts | Concord, N.H.
DEC. 22 Warner Theater | Erie, Pa.
DEC. 23 NYCB Theatre at Westbury | Westbury, N.Y.
Upcoming 2016 Tour Dates
JAN. 18 The Country Music Cruise | Ochos Rios, Jamaica
JAN. 29 Horseshoe Bossier City | Bossier City, La.
JAN. 30 Crockett Civic Center | Crockett, Texas
… more to be added soon!
CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR is executive produced by Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin. Jayson Dinsmore and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.
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