Veteran performer Kenny Rogers will receive the Career Achievement Award during the 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be broadcast May 9 on CBS. The special award, voted on by the ACM board of directors, is given to an artist who has had career success in past years and had a “substantial comeback” in the preceding calendar year. “Kenny has been one of the most consistent and resilient voices in country music for the past quarter century,” ACM Executive Director Fran Boyd said in a news release. “His list of achievements in the industry is overwhelming.”
An eight-time ACM winner, Rogers won his first ACM trophy in 1977 for Top Male Vocalist. He is nominated again this year for Vocal Event along with Alison Krauss and Billy Dean, who joined him on his single, “Buy Me a Rose.” The song went to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart in May 2000, giving Rogers his first charttopper in 13 years. He last hit the top spot in 1987 with “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine,” a duet with Ronnie Milsap. The Career Achievement Award has been handed out only three times in ACM history — to Johnny Paycheck in 1977, to Carl Perkins in 1986 and to John Anderson in 1993. ACM Pioneer Award winner Glen Campbell will present the honor to Rogers, who will perform “There You Go Again,” during the live broadcast. For more on this year’s ACM Awards, visit our special event site.