Veteran pop singer and songwriter Kim Carnes has joined the lineup of the CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares special, which premieres this Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.
Carnes, who is best known for her chart-topping 1981 solo smash “Bette Davis Eyes,” also scored two hit collaborative hits with the late Kenny Rogers — 1980’s “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer” and 1984’s “What About Me?,” the latter of which also featured James Ingram.
Meanwhile, actress and singer Rita Wilson has been selected as the host of the special.
The program serves as a musical celebration of life for Rogers and raises money for MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund and features performances and interviews with many of Kenny’s famous friends and fans. The show’s previous announced lineup includes Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Gavin DeGraw and country stars Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill and Rascal Flatts and more.
The stars will not only perform Rogers’ songs, but also reflect on his impact. Additionally, fans will be able to make donations to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides financial aid to those in the music industry who have suffered loss of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wilson and her husband, actor Tom Hanks, recently returned to the U.S. after spending two weeks in quarantine in Australia after they were diagnosed there with COVID-19.
Half of the proceeds raised during the CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares broadcast will go directly to the country music community in Nashville.
After the special’s premiere, an encore presentation will air Friday, April 10, on MTV Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Saturday, April 11, on CMT at noon ET/PT.