Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Michael McDonald, Jennifer Nettles, Gavin Degraw, Randy Houser and Rascal Flatts all paid tribute to the late country music legend Kenny Rogers during CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares, which aired on April 8 on CMT.
Parton performed Rogers' "Sweet Music Man," which was recorded for Rogers' 1977 album Daytime Friends. Parton also recorded the song, which was written by Rogers, for her album Here You Come Again.
Each artist broadcasted virtual performances from their own home, marking the latest in a string of virtual concerts as artists continue to bring music to fans staying in to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to performances by artists, the CMT special featured clips of Rogers from throughout the years.
Rogers passed away from natural causes on March 20, 2020 at his home in Georgia.
Parton, Rogers' longtime friend and frequent collaborator, shared her love for the country legend on social media.
"I know that we all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are all today, but I'm pretty sure he's gonna be talking to God if he ain't already and he's gonna be asking him to spread some light on all this darkness here. I loved Kenny with all my heart and my heart's broken and a big ol' chunk is gone with him today," Parton said. I think I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans when I say 'I will always love you.'"
On March 21, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and Brad Paisley honored Rogers at the Grand Ole Opry with another performance of "Sweet Music Man."