It's going to be a busy night for Kenny Rogers at this year's Country Music Association Awards (CBS, Oct. 4, 8 pm/ET). In addition to performing on the awards show for the first time in 16 years, he'll be running around backstage all night taking snapshots for his latest book of celebrity pix.
Rogers, who's already published two books of photographs, tells the TV Guide Channel that he just needs a few more snapshots to fill out the new volume. Titled This is My Country, it'll feature 60 Nashville stars, from the legendary Tammy Wynette and the late Minnie Pearl to those he refers to as "the young guns" of country music, Brad Paisley and Jo Dee Messina.
"It's a book that I'm very proud of and I'm just anxious to finish it," he says. "Because you can collect these things and collect them and pretty soon the people you've shot don't look like what they looked like when you shot them. And then it's not fun anymore, so I need to get this finished."
The veteran singer, whose "Buy Me a Rose" single currently is burning up the country charts, says he's particularly excited to be back among the nominees at this year's CMA's. "It means more now than it ever did," says the five-time CMA winner, who took home his last trophy back in 1979. "When you're in the middle of winning a lot of awards you expect them sometimes. But when you've been gone 15, 16 years I mean, it's a long time."