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Country/Pop Superstar Kenny Rogers to be Inducted into Music City Walk of Fame

Country/Pop Superstar Kenny Rogers to be Inducted into Music City Walk of Fame

Ceremony to be on Oct. 24, One Day Prior to Rogers’ Nashville Farewell Concert Celebration

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– GRAMMY-winner and music icon Kenny Rogers will be inducted into the
Music City Walk of Fame on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., the Nashville Convention
& Visitors Corp announced today. The induction ceremony will take
place one day in advance of the all-star “All In For The Gambler: Kenny
Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” taking place at Bridgestone Arena.

“Kenny Rogers is one of the best storytellers in country music
history, with one of the sweetest and most soulful voices,” Mayor Megan
Barry said. “I’m so glad he’ll be able to join all the other amazing
artists on the Music City Walk of Fame before he retires after nearly 60
years of making beautiful music.”

Rogers will receive the 80th star on the Music City Walk of Fame.
Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to
preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the
world through song or other industry collaboration.

Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, topped the
charts for nearly six decades, famously been a duet partner with Dolly
Parton, is a New York Times best-selling
author, appeared in movies and participated in the historical USA For
Africa recording of “We Are The World,” the multi-celebrity performance
that raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa.

The farewell celebration on Oct. 25 will feature the final live
performance together by Rogers and Parton, and other guests will include
The Flaming Lips, Jamey Johnson, Elle King, Alison Krauss, Lady
Antebellum, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Reba McEntire, Chris
Stapleton and Wynonna Judd.

In Rogers’ nearly six decades on the charts, the Country Music Hall
of Fame member and pop superstar has notched chart-topping songs,
including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,”
“Coward of the County,” “She Believes In Me,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your
Love To Town,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Daytime Friends,” “Through The
Years,” “Love Will Turn You Around,” “You Decorated My Life,” “Crazy,”
“Every Time Two Fools Collide” and “Buy Me A Rose.”

Rogers
has charted a record within each of the last seven decades (’50s, ’60s,
’70s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000s, 2010s), while sending 24 songs to the No. 1
spot of the charts. With more than 120 million albums sold worldwide, he
is one of the Top Ten Best Selling Male Solo Artists of All Time,
according to the RIAA. Rogers has won many awards for his music,
including three GRAMMY Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 11 People’s
Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music
Association Awards (including the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award in
2013) and the Artist of a Lifetime Award at the CMT Artists of the Year
2015 award show.

The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music
Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row.
Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are
displayed in a star-and-guitar design.

The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City,
Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention &
Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor
Gibson Brands and sponsors the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and
Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the
categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry
Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame
anonymous selection committee. For more information about the Music
City Walk of Fame, go to visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.

Kenny Rogers:

Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and has
charted a record within each of the last seven decades. The first
country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers achieved pop
superstardom as well — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10s rank
him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil
Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 24 No. 1 hits (including
“The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “She Believes In Me,”
“Through The Years” and “Lucille”), 12 No. 1 albums (including his
landmark album, The Gambler, with sales in excess of 35
million), 25 Top 10 country albums and is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling
male solo artist of all time. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has
received three GRAMMY® Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 19 American
Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and six
Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, among many other accolades. He
is also a New York Times best-selling author, award-winning
photographer (he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the
International Photography Hall of Fame in November 2017), and has
received widespread recognition for his acting roles in movies. After
nearly six decades of touring and entertaining the world, Rogers is
currently on his final worldwide tour: “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” which
will run into 2018. kennyrogers.com

 

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Photo (c) 
by Piper Ferguson

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