Rita Wilson Picked to Host CMT’s Tribute to Kenny Rogers

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CMT has announced that actress and recent coronavirus survivor, Rita Wilson, will host the upcoming tribute to Kenny Rogers titled CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares, premiering Wednesday, April 8 at 8 PM ET/PT on CMT.

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“Kenny Rogers introduced so many to country music. His songs crossed over into many genres. I’ll never forget the evocative angst in Kenny’s voice on ‘Ruby,’ the unmistakable hooks and his unique, authentic ability to tell a story in ‘The Gambler,’ and of course, the perfection of his duet with Dolly Parton, ‘Islands in the Stream.’” Kenny’s impact has been indelible,” shared Rita Wilson. “It’s an honor to be hosting “CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers” and to share in an evening of Kenny’s songs with so many iconic artists.”

Songwriter Don Schlitz (“The Gambler”) and singer-songwriter Kim Carnes (“Don’t Fall in Love With A Dreamer”) will join the star-studded tribute to honor Kenny, who passed away on March 20. Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more have already been announced.

Additionally, there will be a very special appearance from Rogers’ longtime band and crew who toured with him for 45+ years: Gene Roy (tour manager), Frank Farrell (technical director), Keith Bugos (production manager) and Steve Glassmeyer (band member).

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In addition, CMT Giants Kenny Rogers will encore on MTV Live on April 10 at 8:00 PM ET/PT and CMT on April 11 at 12:00 PM ET/PT. Viewers can support CMT’s efforts by visiting musicares.org/kennyrogers and texting KENNYCARES to 41444 during the broadcast to contribute.