Big Kenny of Big & Rich will be honored on Monday as the 2nd US recipient of the African Children’s Choir Malaika Award. In recognition of his work in the Sudan, The African Children’s Choir will present the Malaika Award to Kenny during its 4th Annual Benefit Gala taking place in New York City Monday night. Monday morning, prior to the event, Kenny will perform with the choir on CBS This Morning at 7/6c. The Malaika Award is the ACC’s most prestigious form of recognition and it is presented to individuals for outstanding work on behalf of Africa’s most vulnerable children. To date, five individuals have been presented with The Malaika Award including Rt. Hon Gordon Brown MP, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; President George Bush for his approval of legislation combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases in Africa, and most recently to Sir Bob Geldorf.
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Kix Brooks, Kellie Pickler, Gary Allan, Big Kenny of Big & Rich and Stealing Angels will all join Sir Sean Connery tonight for the ninth annual “Dressed to Kilt” event that he and his wife are hosting in New York City. The stars will walk the fashion runway in the “Country Chic” themed fashion show that will raise money for the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides assistance to injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, specifically.
Sir Sean Connery and his wife will host the ninth annual “Dressed to Kilt” charity event in New York City on April 5th, and the event will feature several country stars walking the fashion runway, including Kix Brooks, Kellie Pickler, Gary Allan, Big Kenny of Big & Rich and Stealing Angels. The theme of the 2011 show is “Country Chic,” drawing its inspiration from the world of country music, particularly noting its Scottish roots and origins. Other celebrities who will be on the catwalk include Donald Trump and his wife Melania, actor Matthew Settle from Gossip Girl, former Victoria’s Secret model and actress Selita Ebanks, Bravo’s Bethenny Frankel of Bethenny Ever After, Broadway actor Matthew Modine and many others. The unique show celebrates all aspects of Caledonian culture including fabric, art, music, whisky and most notably, fashion. Proceeds from Dressed to Kilt will benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides assistance to injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, specifically.
Congratulations to Big Kenny (of Big & Rich) and his wife Christiev who adopted a baby boy in July. Their new son, Dakota Jefferson Holiday Alphin, is nine months old now and Christiev shared with People, “When they put Dakota in our arms, he has the most beautiful smile, and the moment Kenny started talking to him, Dakota lunged toward him. We both looked at each other and it was like, ‘Of course he is our son.’” The couple’s first son, Lincoln William, is 4 ½ years old now and after trying unsuccessfully to have another baby they decided to adopt Dakota domestically. Obviously the new baby is a bit of an adjustment for Lincoln, but Christiev says, “Lincoln is in love with him – he says Dakota is going to play keyboards in his band.”
The CMA Music Festival will continue throughout the weekend in Nashville, with plenty of live music and shows for the thousands of country music fans who have descended upon the city. For those of you not in Nashville this week, ABC is capturing all the events on film and will be putting together a two-hour special called CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock, which will air September 1st, and it was announced last night that Tim McGraw will host that special. The Riverfront Daytime Stage line-ups will include: FRIDAY Rodney Atkins, The Band Perry, Bucky Covington, Eli Young Band, Jack Ingram, Patty Loveless, Craig Morgan, Sawyer Brown, Gretchen Wilson and Chris Young. SATURDAY Big Kenny, Lee Brice, Mark Chesnutt, Emerson Drive, Gloriana, Josh Gracin, Lorrie Morgan, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols and Mel Tillis SUNDAY The Bellamy Brothers, Sammy Kershaw, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina, James Otto, Restless Heart, Steel Magnolia, Pam Tillis, Uncle Kracker and Darryl Worley. On the main stage at LP Field the nightly performance line-ups will include: FRIDAY Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, Kid Rock and Keith Urban SATURDAY Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band SUNDAY Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton
Later tonight Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, Danny Gokey, Jewel, Phil Vassar, Julianne Hough, Big Kenny and Sarah Buxton will all join some of Nashville’s top wine collectors for the annual Best Cellars Dinner. The event consists of a gourmet meal prepared by a world renown guest chef paired with world class wine all to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation that raises significant funds for the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. For more information log onto BestCellarsDinners.com.