Rita Wilson Set To Host Kenny Rogers Benefit Show On CMT

Rita Wilson will host CMT Kenny Rogers special benefit show
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  • Rita Wilson will host ‘CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares.’
  • The show will also raise money for MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.
  • Rita recently made a full recovery from coronavirus. 

 

It has been confirmed that Rita Wilson will host CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares. In addition to honoring the late Kenny Rogers, it will also raise money for MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Rita recently returned to Los Angeles with her husband Tom Hanks after recovering from coronavirus.

Rita released a statement that shares how much she loved Kenny. He died recently at the age of 81. Rita wrote, “Kenny Rogers introduced so many to country music. His songs crossed over into many genres. I’ll never forget the evocative angst in Kenny’s voice on ‘Ruby,’ the unmistakable hooks and his unique, authentic ability to tell a story in ‘The Gambler,’ and of course, the perfection of his duet with Dolly Parton, ‘Islands in the Stream.’ Kenny’s impact has been indelible.”

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Rita Wilson to host special honoring Kenny Rogers and raising money for coronavirus victims

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She also said how it will be an honor to host the event and share the evening with so many iconic artists. The artists that will appear, via video chat are Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, and Vince Gill.

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Hip Hop Hooray is like modern day Shakespeare. I originally learned the song for one of the most fun roles I ever played in the film Boy Genius. It took me a month to learn because it’s so complex and nuanced; it was like training for a marathon. The rhythms and tempos are so unique and creative. When I was quarantined and recovering from COVID-19 I wanted to see if I still remembered it, kind of like a brain exercise. To my surprise I did. I thought it would be fun to put it on my Instagram to show people I was doing okay and to make them smile. When @naughtybynature4ever commented about it, I couldn’t believe it. What a joy to be doing this remix with legends of the Hip-Hop world. I’m forever grateful for their generosity of spirit and for being able to raise money together for @musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Hit the link in my bio to listen to it and donate on YouTube! Available on all music platforms 4/10 👑

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They will be performing some of Kenny’s greatest hits. The special will also air rare photos, performances, and interviews of Kenny himself. During the special, fans can donate to the MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. This will help those in the music industry who have the greatest need due to the coronavirus pandemic. Half of the funds will go to the Nashville country community.

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If you want to donate during the special, visit www.musicares.org/kennyrogers or text KENNYCARES to 41444.

The special will premiere Wednesday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. In case you miss it, encores will air April 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV Live and April 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. Will you be watching live?

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