Updated, 5:33 PM: Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce and Jamey Johnson have signed up to perform at the memorial service for five-time Grammy winner Naomi Judd, with Bette Midler, Reba McEntire and Reese Witherspoon to deliver special messages, and Judd’s husband Larry Strickland is added to the list of speakers.
Good morning AmericaRobin Roberts’s hosts the event, titled Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration, which will take place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. CMT will air the memorial tomorrow exclusively as an ad-free special at 6 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. CT.
Previously announced musicians to perform include Ashley McBride, Brandi Carlile, the duo Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Gaither Vocal Band and Little Big Town. Bono, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey and Salma Hayek will also deliver special messages, with additional speakers including Naomi’s daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd, and singer-songwriter Martina McBride.
Naomi Judd died last week at the age of 76. More information about her upcoming memorial service can be found below.
PREVIOUS, MAY 11: A public memorial service for five-time Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Naomi Judd, who died last week at age 76, will be broadcast live on CMT this weekend.
The event is called Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration to the Judds’ fifth studio album and the song of the same name. It will take place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and aims to “honor the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd.”
Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration is produced by CMT and Sandbox Live in association with the Judd family. CMT will broadcast the public memorial service exclusively as an ad-free special on Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. CT.
“We are truly privileged to partner with Wynonna, Ashley and Larry to present this live celebration of life for their mother and wife Naomi. While we all continue to mourn the loss of such a legendary artist, we are honored to commemorate her legacy along with the rural community, her friends, family and legions of fans around the world in the perfect location: The Mother Church of Country Music. This special celebrates her timeless voice, unforgettable spirit and the immense impact she has left on our genre through the best form of healing we have: music,” CMT said in a statement.
More details about the public memorial, artists and special appearances will be announced in the coming days.
Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration is a co-production of CMT and Sandbox Live; Margaret Comeaux (CMT), Leslie Fram (CMT), Jason Owen (Sandbox) and Patrizia DiMaria (Ladypants Productions) are executive producers.