Country music legend Kenny Rogers hit another career milestone with the Country Music Association lifetime achievement award.
Jennifer Nettles took a seat next to him onstage, not only to duet on classics like Islands in the Stream and The Gambler, but to hold the trophy for the 75-year-old singer. “This sweet music man is one of the most popular and beloved artists in all of music, and that’s because he is one of the most enduring and open-hearted performers of all time,” Nettles says before handing the stage over to Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts, who also sang in tribute.
“I wanna say thank you very much to whoever voted for this, it’s been a helluva month. Hall of Fame last week and then this week. I can’t wait to see what next week brings,” Rogers says. “But I appreciate everybody so much for letting me come back and enjoy this, and I’d like to say a special thank you to Rascal Flatts … And to my buddy Darius Rucker who’s been there every time I’ve needed him. It’s been wonderful, and a special thanks to my new best female friend, Jennifer Nettles.”.
Nettles, whose ensemble had a deep plunging neckline, was well aware of the attention it was getting her. She gave birth to son Magnus Hamilton in December and has the fuller bust to show it. After the ceremony, she tweeted: “Thanks 2 everyone 4 watching my performance tonight with Kenny Rogers! So fun! I’d like to thank my son for my ‘accessories’ tonight. Haha!”.