One of the headline performers was Dolly Parton, a long-time friend of Rogers. During the broadcast, she sang "Sweet Music Man" from her home. Watch her tribute below.
Dolly Parton covers "Sweet Music Man" by Kenny Rogers
Parton's rendition of the Kenny Rogers classic was touching, yet sombre. The duo sang many songs together over the years, including their number-one hit "Islands in the Stream" in 1983.
In case you missed the tribute special, it will re-air on MTV Live at 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 10 and on CMT at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 11.
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In addition to Dolly Parton, other stars who appeared on the special included Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Ritchie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, and Vince Gill.
CMT called the event "an uplifting celebration to honor the extraordinary life and legendary music" of the late Kenny Rogers. He passed away at the age of 81 on March 20, 2020.