Watch Dolly Parton Pay Tribute to Kenny Rogers by Singing “Sweet Music Man” During CMT Special

CMT celebrated the life and career of Kenny Rogers, who passed away on March 20 at age 81, during the TV special, CMT Giants Kenny Rogers, on April 8.

The tribute, which was hosted by Rita Wilson, featured virtual performances and interviews from Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more. The special was filmed from performers’ homes and blended alongside archival photos, interviews and performances, with clips and commentary from Kenny.

Dolly paid tribute to Kenny by singing “Sweet Music Man,” a tune Kenny wrote and recorded for his 1977 album, Daytime Friends. The single reached No. 9 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart. Dolly also recorded the song on her 1977 album, Here You Come Again.

CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares will encore on MTV Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on April 10 and again on CMT at 12 p.m. ET/PT on April 11.

Watch Dolly’s performance below.

photo by Curtis Hilbun,