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CMT to honor Kenny Rogers as artist of a lifetime

Kristin M. Hall
Associated Press

Nashville, Tenn. – — Kenny Rogers, who earlier this year announced his retirement from touring, will be honored as the CMT Artist of a Lifetime for his extensive music career spanning across multiple genres for decades.

Country Music Television will present award to Rogers at the “CMT Artists of the Year” awards show in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 2.

CMT will also give out a new award, the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year Breakout award, to country singer songwriter Chris Stapleton after he had a surprise sweep of three awards at this year’s Country Music Association Awards. Other previously announced Artist of the Year honorees include Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line. Stapleton is also scheduled to perform during the show.

Rogers has said he will do a final world tour next year before retiring from the road. The 77-year-old singer said he wanted to spend more time with his family and an ongoing knee issue has limited his mobility, although he said he is still in good health.

“When you start out in the business you don’t think about awards, you think about survival,” Rogers said. “And the longer you survive, you get an award for survival.”