Kenny Rogers has been named the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s artist-in-residence for 2012. He’ll perform May 9-10 in the museum’s Ford Theater in downtown Nashville. Established in 2003, residency program honors a musician who has contributed a significant body of work to American popular music. Previous honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith and the late Earl Scruggs. In previous performances, the honorees have been joined onstage by other singer, songwriters and musicians who played a key role in their career. Rogers is beginning work on a new album and finishing his autobiography for release later this year.