Today, CMT announced that Kenny Rogers and Chris Stapleton will both be honored during the sixth annual “CMT Artists of the Year,” the definitive year-end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Wednesday, December 2nd at 8pm ET/PT. Rogers will receive the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime” award presented by Ram Trucks, 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.
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’s Today 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 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.
For more information on Kenny Rogers, please visit kennyrogers.com.