Kenny Rogers Honored By Smithsonian

WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAccess) — Country Music legend Kenny Rogers was presented with a special award by the Smithsonian Institute after he performed at The Nation We Build Together gala opening at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Rogers performed a six-song set that included his hits "Merica," “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” “Lucille,” “The Gambler,” “Islands In The Stream,” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends” to a capacity crowd of 600 guests.

Following the set, Rogers was presented with a plaque by the museum’s director John Gray and Ambassador Nicholas Taubman, chairman of the museum’s board.

“I thank you more than you know for the gift of that experience,” Rogers remarked. “Who would believe that a child from the projects in Houston, Texas could ultimately end up in The Smithsonian Institution? It is truly the American Dream.”

The Nation We Build Together is a presentation of four exhibitions and interactive experiences that present quintessential American stories, from the founding of the country, through today. The newly transformed second floor of the museum’s west wing opens June 28th.