NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) – Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration is being presented by Country Music Television (CMT), Sandbox Live, and the Judd Family, in tribute to the life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd. Naomi unexpectedly died at the end of April from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The day before, she was set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame alongside her daughter, Wynonna Judd.
Performers for the event include Emmylou Harris, Allison Russell, Little Big Town, The Gaithers, Ashley McBryde, and Brandi Carlile. Reba McEntire, Jamey Johnson, Reese Witherspoon, and Brad Paisley are recently announced for the lineup.
Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna, actress Ashley Judd, Martina McBride, and others, will make special appearances. Carly Pearce, Cody Alan, and Good Morning America co-host and family friend Robin Roberts will host the event, which will include messages from Naomi’s closest friends, including Bono, Morgan Freeman, Oprah, and Salma Hayek. Naomi’s husband of almost 40 years, Lance Strickland, will attend.
The special will air live from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium commercial-free on Sunday (May 15) at 6pm, with an encore presentation at 10m exclusively on CMT.