CMT airing Naomi Judd public memorial

Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration airs live from the Ryman

CMT and Sandbox Live have announced Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration, a live celebration from Ryman Auditorium, in partnership with The Judds family, to honor the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd. CMT will exclusively televise the public memorial service as a commercial-free special on Sunday, May 15th at 6 pm ET.

“We are sincerely privileged to work alongside Wynonna and Ashley to present this live celebration of life for their mother Naomi. While we all continue to deeply mourn the loss of such a legendary artist, we are honored to commemorate her legacy alongside the country community, her friends, family and legions of fans across the world at the perfect venue: The Mother Church of Country Music. This special will celebrate her timeless voice, unforgettable spirit and the immense impact she left on our genre through the best form of healing we have – music,” shares CMT producers.

Public memorial celebration to include tributes from Wynonna & Ashley Judd with soon-to-be-announced performances and special appearances from some of the biggest names in entertainment. Additional details on the public memorial service to be announced in the coming days.

CMT previously aired The Judds’ final performance of international hit and chart-topping single, “Love Can Build A Bridge,” from the 2022 CMT Music Awards. Last weekend, the network premiered CMT Remembers Naomi Judd.

Judd who passed away Saturday, April 30th at the age of 76 outside of Nashville from a reported suicide after a longtime battle with mental illness. The death happened one day prior to The Judds being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at its annual Medallion Ceremony. Despite their grievances, the family asked that the ceremony still honor The Judds as members of Class of 2021 as planned.

The Judds, one of the most successful duos in country music history and pioneers for women in country music, had announced their first tour in over a decade, The Final Tour, with nearly all ten dates selling out. No word on the future of that trek as of press time.

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