The Gambler star will retire from the road after his current Once Again It's Christmas Tour wraps up in the New Year (16), and now bosses at U.S. network CMT are helping him go out with a big bang.

The 77 year old will be presented with his latest honour at the CMT Artists of the Year show, which will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on 2 December (15).

"When you start out in the business you don't think about awards, you think about survival," Rogers tells The Associated Press, "and the longer you survive, you get an award for survival."

CMT chiefs have also announced Chris Stapleton will receive the inaugural 2015 CMT Artists of the Year Breakout award at the ceremony, after scoring a number one with his debut album, Traveller, following his triple win at the Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) earlier this month (Nov15).

As previously reported, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line will all be recognised as Artists of the Year.