Idina Menzel and Lady A’s Charles Kelley Join Forces To Honor Kenny Rogers with Soaring Tribute

On Thursday (Sept. 23) evening, viewers around the country were treated to a two-hour, star-studded concert special dubbed Kenny Rogers:…


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September 23, 2021

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Idina Menzel & Lady A’s Charles Kelley; Photo Courtesy of CBS

On Thursday (Sept. 23) evening, viewers around the country were treated to a two-hour, star-studded concert special dubbed Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler, celebrating the life and legacy of the great Kenny Rogers

The concert special was taped in 2017 as a way to bid farewell to Rogers’ iconic touring career. 

Joined by actress Idina Menzel, Lady A‘s Charles Kelley performed a soaring duet of Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton’s “We’ve Got Tonight” during a tribute performance to the late country icon, as Rogers and his wife Wanda admired from afar.

Watch their performance below.

In addition to performing with alongside Menzel, Kelley joined Lady A bandmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood for a performance of Rogers’ “She Believes In Me,” putting their soothing harmonies on full display.

Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler also featured tribute performances from Chris Stapleton, Idina Menzel, Lady A, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town and Reba McEntire, who took the stage to perform some of Rogers’ greatest hits, such as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “She Believes in Me,” “Through the Years,” “Lucille” and more.

Rogers’ longtime friend and duet partner, Dolly Parton, also appeared during the star-studded concert event to share some touching memories that she shared with the country icon before performing a series of songs in an emotional finale featuring Rogers himself.

Produced by Blackbird Presents, the two-hour, concert special was filmed in 2017 in honor of his retirement and honored the life and legacy of the late country music legend, who passed away in 2020. Rogers was 81 at the time of his death.

“Kenny Rogers’ enormous impact on country music was matched only by the love all the artists and fans showed Kenny on this incredible night,” said executive producers Keith Wortman and Ken Levitan. “We are so thrilled to share this special with his friends, family and fans all around the world, as he will remain forever in our hearts.”

Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler aired on Thursday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS and was streamed live and on demand on Paramount+.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.