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May 30, 2024

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CMT to Air Naomi Judd Special Live from the Ryman on May 15

The public memorial celebration will include tributes from Wynonna & Ashley Judd with special performances.

CMT will televise Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration, a commercial-free public memorial service, on Sunday, May 15 at 5 p.m. live from Ryman Auditorium. In partnership with The Judds family, the special will honor the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd

“We are sincerely privileged to work alongside Wynonna, Ashley and Larry to present this live celebration of life for their mother and wife Naomi,” shared CMT Producers. “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.”

Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration is a co-production from CMT and Sandbox Live. Additional details on the public memorial service, performers and special appearances 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. Watch the full performance below.


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