When Kenny Rogers announced he planned on hanging up his hat for good, seemingly everyone in country music took a moment to honor the icon, remebering a lifetime of hits and the irreversible impact he left on the genre. With the CMA Awards this Wednesday, November 8, a busy week full of industry awards is underway in Music City.
— SESAC, Inc. (@sesac)October 30, 2017
Rogers’ farewell concert on October 25 was supposedly the last chance fans had to see him on tour, but from what we’ve seen, the singer’s classic hits are likely to continue to be performed at any number of country shows nationwide.
— Kenny Rogers (@_KennyRogers)November 3, 2017
As the guest of honor at Monday nights’ SESAC Annual Nashville Music Awards, Rogers was treated to a number of incredible covers of his music, including an especially breathtaking rendition of “Lady" from Craig Campbell. Watch the performance, one of only a few of the night that earned a standing ovation below:
It was Dustin Lynch who had the honor of performing the legends biggest hit, “The Gambler," which he did with great aplomb. His impressive performance was followed shortly by Lee Brice who sang Roger's 1986 hit “Twenty Years Ago." Brice was followed by Kim Carnes, who performed her 1980 duet with Rogers, “Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer" the track that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.