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April 05, 2020

Vince Gill Honors Late Kenny Rogers with a Song Onstage of Empty Grand Ole Opry

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Vince Gill performed on the Opry stage recently. He used his opportunity to pay tribute to Kenny Rogers, who had recently died. 

On March 21, Gill led a rendition of Rogers' hit song, "Sweet Music Man." Marty Stuart and Brad Paisley accompanied him.

"Just, (with) the loss of Kenny today, it felt like the most appropriate thing we could do," the "One More Last Chance" singer said after the song. "Just honor a great, great man." 

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HE DIED PEACEFULLY

Rogers died on March 20 in Georgia at age 81. At the time of his demise, he had been under hospice care, as reported by Pop Culture.

The amazing vocalist is survived by his wife, Wanda Miller, and his five children. On Instagram, the family announced:

"Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family."

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AN ACCLAIMED MUSICIAN

For the time being, the family is holding a private memorial. They will schedule a public service at a later date.

Rogers was a Country Music Hall of Fame crossover success. He sold in excess of 100 million albums in his six-decade career, according to USA Today.

On social media, many celebrities have expressed their thoughts on Rogers' passing.

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"AN INCREDIBLE GIFT"

Later in the show, Paisley offered another tribute to Rogers. He covered a chorus of "The Gambler" at the end of his hit song, "This Is Country Music." 

A Houston, Texas, native, Rogers enthusiastically built a career that spanned decades. His unmistakable tenor will resound for ages. 

In an interview with PEOPLE, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum opened up about Rogers. Scott's mother toured with Rogers as a backup singer and later opened for the legendary singer with her own band.

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Scott said that Rogers "was an incredible gift to the world through his decades-long career." She added that their family got to know the singer's "generosity," "kindness," and "brilliance first-hand."

On social media, many celebrities have expressed their thoughts on Rogers' passing. Among them were Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.

Meanwhile, Opry leadership made a decision to proceed with the 94-year-old broadcast without a crowd of people due to coronavirus concerns a week ago, as reported by USA Today.

A stream of the hour-long Opry performance can be found through Circle. Not long ago, Ryman Hospitality launched Circle, the country lifestyle and entertainment network.

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