Country star Kenny Chesney has something to smile about after his public split from wife of four months RENEE ZELLWEGER - he's to be honoured with a top music prize.

The singer will join a select group of artists and songwriters when he's presented with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award during the performing rights organisation's 43rd annual country music awards gala in Nashville, Tennessee later this month (17OCT05).

The Voice of Music honour has been given to stars like Garth Brooks, AMY GRANT and GEORGE STRAIT in recent years.