GRAMMY Award-winning country superstar Kenny Rogers may have died in 2020, but his long-lasting legacy lives on within his timeless music. Tonight, during a two-hour concert special, Lady A honored the late singer with a tribute performance.
During a star-studded, pre-taped concert event on Thursday (Sept. 23) dubbed Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler, Lady A put their soothing harmonies on full display with Rogers’ “She Believes In Me.”
It was a full-circle moment for the GRAMMY-winning trio as Rogers was the artist who took the band on their first overseas tour.
Rogers and his wife Wanda watched in awe from the side of the stage, while also singing along.
Written by Steve Gibb, “She Believes In Me” was released in April 1979 as the second single from Rogers’ album, The Gambler.
Later in the show, Lady A’s Charles Kelley also performed “We’ve Got Tonight” alongside Idina Menzel.
Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler also featured tribute performances from Menzel, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town and Reba McEntire, who took the stage to perform some of Rogers’ greatest hits, such as “Lady,” “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+.