Updated, at 5:33 pm: Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce and Jamie Johnson have signed up to perform at a memorial service for the five-time Grammy winner Naomi JuddBette Midler, Reba McEntire and Reese Witherspoon are enlisted to deliver a special message, and Judd’s husband Larry Strickland has been added to the list of speakers.
good Morning AmericaKay Robin Roberts is hosting the event, titled Naomi Judd: A River of Time CelebrationWho . will be on nashville‘s Raman Auditorium, CMT The memorial will be televised exclusively as a commercial-free special tomorrow at 6 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. CT.
Previously announced musicians include Ashley McBride, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris and Allison Russell, the duo Gather Vocal Band and Little Big Town. Bono, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey and Salma Hayek will also deliver special messages, with additional speakers to include Naomi’s daughters Ashley and Winona Judd, and singer-songwriter Martina McBride.
Naomi Judd died last week76 years of age. More information about his upcoming memorial service can be found below.
event being called Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration After Judds’ fifth studio album and its song of the same name. It will be Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and is meant to “honor the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd.”
Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration Being produced by CMT and Sandbox Live in partnership with the Judd family. CMT will air the public memorial service as a commercial-free special exclusively on Sunday, May 15 at 6 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. CT.
“We are privileged to have worked with Winona, Ashley and Larry to present this vibrant celebration of life for their mother and wife Naomi. While we all deeply mourn the loss of such a great artist We are honored to celebrate her legacy with the nation’s community, her friends, family, and legions of fans around the world: The Mother Church of Country Music. This special take on her timeless voice, unforgettable spirit and our style. Will celebrate the immense impact left by the best treatment we have – music,” CMT said in a statement.
Additional details on the public memorial service, performers and special appearances will be announced in the coming days.
Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration is a co-production from CMT and Sandbox Live; Margaret Comox (CMT), Leslie Fram (CMT), Jason Owen (Sandbox) and Patrizia DiMaria (Ladypants Productions) are executive producers.