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Kenny Rogers to receive Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in star-studded tribute during CMA Awards

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Tue, Oct 29th 2013 03:25 pm

Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry will also perform during the three-hour gala

Previously announced performers Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will take the stage together during 'Country Music's Biggest Night'

Newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers will receive The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during The 47th Annual CMA Awards," airing Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.

Rogers will be honored with a star-studded tribute featuring performances by Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker.

"Kenny Rogers is a living legend and Country Music trailblazer," said Ed Hardy, president of the CMA board of directors. "He is more than deserving of this honor and what is sure to be a stellar tribute."

Rogers is a five-time CMA Awards winner with 23 career CMA nominations. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a Medallion Ceremony Sunday night, celebrating a five-decade-long career. Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, recorded 24 No. 1 songs and 12 No. 1 albums, is a New York Times Bestselling author, and recently released his 27th studio album - the critically acclaimed "You Can't Make Old Friends," which became his 22nd Top 10 country album.

The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was presented for the first time last year to its namesake. The lifetime achievement award was created and meant to be presented to an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music. It recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales and public representation at the highest level.

Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry have been added to the list of artists performing during the ceremony, and previously announced performers Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will perform together on the CMA Awards for the first time.

Hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, The 47th Annual CMA Awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Previously announced performers for CMA Awards include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss, Underwood, and Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl. Alan Jackson and George Strait will perform together in a tribute to the legendary George Jones.

For more information, visit CMAawards.com, or follow the conversation on Twitter with #CMAawards.

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