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