Kenny Rogers receives honorary degree from Professional Photographers of America

Kenny Rogers honoredKenny Rogers receiving honorary master of photography degree from PPA on Tuesday, Jan. 14 (Photo by Jose Yau)

Just three months ago, American icon Kenny Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. And now, last week in Phoenix, he picked up another career achievement, but this time it’s in recognition of his other talent and passion—photography.
 
Rogers received an honorary master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) at its annual conference, Imaging USA, during the PPA Award & Degree ceremony, last Tuesday night, Jan. 14, at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, where more than 145 award and degree recipients were honored. Prior to the ceremony, he gave an exclusive live Q&A with convention-goers, discussing his life and work.  Rogers also shared photos from his forthcoming photography book, Places I’ve Been, Things I’ve Seen

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Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton score a Grammy nomination

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On Friday night, the Grammy nominees for 2014 were announced, and you know who got nominated?

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton that's who! 

I know who I will be rooting for this year. 

The pair were nominated for their duet of You Can't Make Old Friends from Kenny's album by the same name. According to Wikipedia, this makes Dolly's 46th nomination. If she and Kenny win, this will be her 8th Grammy.  Wikipedia doesn't have any fancy list of awards he's won like they do for Dolly, but his page does say that he's won three Grammys over the years. 

The Grammy Awards will air on CBS January 26, 2014. 

If you missed the Grammy Nomination Concert that aired on Friday, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban both performed. You can check out Taylor's performance here and Keith's here

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Kenny Rogers to release new album featuring new duet with Dolly Parton

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Press release:

With an astonishing recording career that now spans over seven decades, you
would think music legend Kenny Rogers had already accomplished
it all.  However, you’d be wrong.
 
Rogers returns with You Can’t Make
Old Friends
on October 8th via Warner Bros. Records, proving – once again –
that he still has plenty to say.  The album reunites Rogers with long-time
friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on
the title track, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”  It was thirty years ago almost
to the day when Kenny and Dolly released “Islands In The Stream,” which went on
to become an instant classic and one of the most successful singles by a duo in
history. 
 
“What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy,
Dolly Parton, and what a special song,” remarked Rogers.  “Working with Dolly is
always a little like going home.  Everything felt comfortable.”

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