“The great Kenny Rogers did so much in his long career, including hosting this show four times,” CMA Awards co-host Darius Rucker said. “In all he did, Kenny influenced me and countless others in country music and way, way beyond.”
“Here to honor this ‘Sweet Music Man’ who we lost this year -- nominees for Vocal Group with truly heavenly voices, Little Big Town,” Rucker continued.
Little Big Town then performed Rogers’ 1977 song, “Sweet Music Man,” while surrounded by blue light.
The track had fitting lyrics to remember the late icon, like, "You touched my soul with your beautiful song,” and, “Nobody sings a love song quite like you do.”
Towards the end of the song, the screen showed images of Rogers throughout his life. The performance concluded as the camera zoomed in on an image of Rogers wearing a white suit.