Merle Haggard Serenaded by Country Stars at Kennedy Center Honors

Merle Haggard was serenaded by longtime friends Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, as well as Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley, at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., on Sunday night (Dec. 5). Kristofferson partnered with Lambert for “Silver Wings,” while Nelson and Crow sang “Today I Started Loving You Again.” In addition, Gill and Paisley performed “Workin’ Man’s Blues,” and Johnson and Kid Rock teamed up for “Ramblin’ Fever.” Haggard and fellow honorees lyricist Jerry Herman, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey were all recognized for their contributions to American culture. The gala event will be aired on CBS on Dec. 28. See photos from the Kennedy Center Honors.