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Bette Midler, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson, Reba McEntire, and Reese Witherspoon have joined the lineup for “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION,” which airs on Sunday at 6 p.m. from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville . presentation at 10p/9c exclusively on CMT.
The television special is presented by CMT and Sandbox Live, in association with The Judd family, as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd.
Judd, half of the Country Music Hall of Fame duo The Judds, died unexpectedly in late April, the day before she was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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Previously announced performers include Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Little Big Town and The Gaithers. Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and close family friend, will host the event which will also feature messages from Naomi Judd’s best friends in the entertainment field, including Bono, Morgan Freeman, Oprah and Salma Hayek.
Judd’s daughters Wynonna (her duo partner), actress Ashley Judd, Martina McBride and others will make special appearances. Carly Pearce and Cody Alan will host CMT and provide commentary throughout the night. Larry Strickland, the husband of Naomi Judd, will be in attendance to honor his late wife.
“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.
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