Kenny Rogers will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony later this year, and he plans to have all four of his sons to that event. Kenny and his wife Wanda have eight-year-old twin boys, and he grew emotional at a press conference in Nashville Wednesday thinking about having them with him for that big night.
Kenny says, “I’m glad it happened in my lifetime, so I could share it with my boys. Because I think it’s an important thing for them to know that I worked hard.”
Kenny’s two older sons were actually shocked to find out about his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. They thought their dad had been inducted about 20 years ago.
“I didn’t have the heart to tell ‘em ’cause they were very impressed with me,” Kenny explains with a laugh. “Now, maybe they can truly be impressed.”
Each inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame is honored at the annual Medallion Ceremony, and artists of the inductee’s choosing perform songs from that inductee’s catalog. So, who is on Kenny’s wish list for that slot? None other than his “Islands in the Stream” duet partner, Dolly Parton.
He says, “In my heart, if I had my way, I’d ask Dolly. I think she would do it. But I don’t know, the days are still uncertain. But you know, I love her, and she knows. And she loves me. I think if she can, she would do it.”
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