Country music icon, Kenny Rogers is no stranger to award ceremonies. The singer is a two-time Grammy Award winner with a true lifetime of success, and the TJ Martell Foundation wants to honor exactly that.
The TJ Martell Foundation will be holding their 8th annual Honors Gala in Nashville, TN on February 29th. The foundation's goal is to assist in funding for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research in hospitals across the United States. The Honors Gala is the one of the foundation’s biggest events, and they've raised over $3.5 million for the cause since 2009.
Rogers will be presented with the Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award alongside noteworthy company. Country music newcomer, Chris Young will be performing alongside others like Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Ronnie Milsap, and Ruby Wilson for a night to remember.
With 120 hit singles and nearly 175-million albums sold in a career spanning 50 years, Rogers definitely deserves the honor. He announced that 2016 was his year for retirement on NBC's The Today Show in January. The husband, and father of five is ready to relax and spend time at home with the ones he loves.
Rogers released a video to his YouTube channel explaining to his fans the reasons for his "farewell".
"The is a fine line between being selfish and being driven. I think I crossed that line a lot when I was younger, and I didn't get a chance to spend a lot of time with my older boys. And I regret that now."
Now he is ready to be a stronger influence on his younger children, Jordan and Justin. But first, he is saying goodbye to the fans and the career that has given him the kind of joy and success one can only dream of.
Watch Rogers perform "You Can't Make Old Friends" with one of his longtime friends and country music counterpart, Dolly Parton below.
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