Mr. Dickens, who was small in stature but had a big voice, sang about rural life.
Dan Rather, 83, and Willie Nelson, 81, talked about their early days in radio, the meaning of music in their lives and what keeps them going strong.
The 82-year-old has been recording with her daughter, Patsy L. Russell, and John Carter Cash, for a project combining new songs and old folk and gospel tunes.
Nicole Kidman in Roberto Cavalli, Faith Hill in Naeem Khan, and more at the Country Music Awards on Wednesday night.
The 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday featured pop stars like Ariana Grande but largely failed to reflect the current state of a genre in flux.