Gatlin Brothers To Present Kenny Rogers With Lifetime Achievement Award

Gatlin Brothers To Present Kenny Rogers With Lifetime Achievement Award

GRAMMY® Award-winning Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will salute fellow Texan and music legend Kenny Rogers at the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards on Wednesday, February 22 at the Texas Performing Arts Center in Austin. The Gatlin Brothers and vocalist Vikki Carr will perform Rogers’ classic hit “Islands In the Stream” before presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Larry Gatlin and Carr will also perform Rogers’ 1980 #1 hit, “Lady.”

Kenny Rogers To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

“Brother Steve, Brother Rudy and I were greatly honored to receive the Texas Medal of Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and we are honored to have been asked back to present this year’s award to our old and good friend, Kenny Rogers,” says Larry. “Can’t wait to get home to Texas!”

The event will begin with a Red Carpet Reception, presented by Anheuser-Busch, at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Awards show at 7:00 p.m. This year, the Awards will celebrate the following honorees who will join the prestigious list of past award recipients: Eloise & John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell / Patrón for Corporate Arts Patron; Kris Kristofferson for Multimedia; Lynn Wyatt for Individual Arts Patron; Lauren Anderson for Dance; Yolanda Adams for Music; Dallas Black Dance Theatre for Arts Education; Renée Elise Goldsberry for Theatre; The Tobin Endowment for Foundation Arts Patron; Leo Villareal for Visual Arts; Frank Welch for Architecture; John Phillip Santos for Literary Arts; Scott Pelley for Journalism; and Kenny Rogers for Lifetime Achievement.

The Awards will be hosted by 2001 Texas Medal of Arts Awards honoree and legendary performer Debbie Allen. In addition to live performances by the Gatlins and Carr, the evening’s talent lineup includes 2009 honoree Ray Benson, GRAMMY® Award-winning Conspirare, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Texas Young Masters Nizhoni Begay (Music) and Luke Westerman (Dance), and more.The evening will come to a memorable end with a gala dinner at 8:30 p.m., where guests will dine alongside Texas arts, business, legislative, and entertainment notables.

To date, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards has presented 99 medals to 105 Texas legends and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. The Awards spotlight the impact of the arts on the state’s economy and our children’s education, preserving the unique and proud Texas culture.

The Awards have celebrated various influential and talented honorees including Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Dan Rather, Neiman Marcus, Margaret McDermott, Barbara Smith Conrad, Tommy Lee Jones, Bob Schieffer, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Lake Flato Architects, Austin, City Limits, the Nasher Foundation, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg, Clint Black, Anheuser Busch Companies, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, Robert Edsel, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

Tickets to the Red Carpet Reception and Texas Medal of Arts Awards show are $100 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, please visit

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her furbabies and her massive collection of Disney memorabilia.


  1. A: Kenny Rogers definitely deserves a lifetime achievement award. That man’s songs are some of the best ever made.
    B: Am I the only one who thinks the Gatlin brother on the left looks like Meatloaf?
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  2. If any country artist deserves this award, it’s Kenny Rogers. I love all his songs. The old stuff is especially great. Ruby is one of my faves.
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  3. Nothing like his voice… my favorite was the Islands in the Stream duet with Dolly but the Gambler is a close second. Glad to hear he will receive the award.

  4. Kenny Rogers is an icon. Very well deserved award.
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  5. I love Kenny Rogers music. I am surprised he was not given this award much sooner. He is incredibly talented.
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  6. Kenny Rogers is definitely an accomplished artist. He has certainly earned this reward.

  7. This is such a great tribute! I grew up listening to Kenny Rogers (on my mom’s 8-track player.) 🙂 I love his music!
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  8. It’s awesome that Kenny will be recognized for all of his hard work! His music has impacted so many people.

  9. I remember listening to his songs when I was in high school. His song “Through The Years” was my favorite then. It was even our high school batch song! I am happy he will be given the Lifetime Achievement award. He deserves it!
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  10. Our Family World says:

    i remember the days listening to their song. i love it! such a great tribute!

  11. That’s really amazing! He really deserves the award! I would love to watch it! 😀
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  12. What an honor to receive this award, and very well deserved. Kenny Rogers has some of the best music that i grew up listing to!

  13. He bas brought us womderful music and has been around for years. He’s contributed a lot to the music industry and he definitely deserve this recognition. Congratulations to him!
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  14. He is fantastic, his voice is something else! This is awesome, and totally well deserved. Great for Kenny Rogers!

  15. My dad is a huge Kenny Rogers fan.
    He was happy to see him get a lifetime achievement award.

  16. This is awesome. I have always loved Kenny Rogers. And the Gatlin Brothers, too!
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  17. i love The Gatlin Brothers and I LOVE Kenny Rogers! A lifetime Achievement award for him is much deserved, and what better presenters than The Gatlin Brothers! So awesome!
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  18. He was a fave of my mom and gram. I still remember some of those songs word for word. 🙂

  19. That is so wonderful! He definitely deserves the honor. It’s even more awesome that the Gatlin Brothers are presenting it to him. What an honor!

  20. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    How deserving!!! I really love Kenny Rogers!

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