The cable channel CMT has announced that it will honor a performing artist with a long career in music as its “Artist of a Lifetime.” The AP reports that the honor will go to Kenny Rogers.
Rogers, who recently announced his retirement from touring, will be honored at the “CMT Artists of the Year” awards show Dec. 2 in Nashville.
“CMT will also give out a new award, the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year Breakout award, to country singer songwriter Chris Stapleton after he had a surprise sweep of three awards at this year’s Country Music Association Awards,” the AP reports. “Other previously announced Artist of the Year honorees include Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line. Stapleton is also scheduled to perform during the show and more performers will be announced later.”
Rogers is known for his many country hits including “The Gambler” and “Coward of the County,” along with his earlier work as frontman of the First Edition, which included hits such as “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”