Naomi Judd’s memorial special will air on CMT, with appearances from Little Big Town and Brandi Carlile, and a video message from Oprah
- Country legend Naomi Judd’s memorial will air this weekend on CMT
- The Judds singer, who was 76 when she died, will look back on her life
- The tribute is titled Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration
- It takes place on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
Country legend Naomi Judd’s memorial will air this weekend on CMT.
The Judds singer, who was 76 when she died, will focus on her life during the tribute, titled Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration.
It takes place on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Gone but not forgotten: Country legend Naomi Judd’s memorial will air this weekend on CMT (pictured April 2022)
A number of special guests will attend in one way or another in honor of the late Judd.
Good Morning America host Robin Roberts will host the memorial service, which will feature performances by Little Big Town, Brandi Carlile, Ashley McBryde, Emmylou Harris, Allison Russell and The Gaithers.
Bono, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman and Salma Hayek are reportedly broadcasting video messages for the special event.
All about her: The Judds singer, who was 76 when she died, is taking her life during the tribute titled Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration (left to right: Naomi Judd, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd , pictured 2005) at the centre.
Attending: A number of stars, including Oprah (pictured in 2019), will attend the memorial service in some capacity on Sunday
Martina McBride, Naomi’s daughters Ashley and Wynonna and Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland will also perform at the event.
Naomi died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday April 30, according to her daughter Ashley.
Ashley said on Good Morning America that her mother died from “the disease of insanity.” The Mama He’s Crazy singer has been open about her mental health issues for years.
The Double Jeopardy actress said she was the person who discovered her mother after her suicide.
“I’m both sad and traumatized to have discovered her,” said the 54-year-old.
Traumatic: Naomi died on Saturday April 30 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to her daughter Ashley, who found her body (left to right: Ashley Judd, Wynonna Judd, Naomi Judd)
Great honor: Naomi took her own life just a day before she and her daughter Wynonna, 57, were due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (pictured in 2016)
Naomi took her own life just a day before she and her daughter Wynonna, 57, were due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as members of the musical duo The Judds.
“That’s the scale of the catastrophe of what was going on inside her,” Ashley said. “Because the barrier between the respect they held for her could not penetrate her heart and the lie the illness told her was so compelling.”
Despite the tragedy, Ashley and Wynonna still attended the induction and delivered a heartfelt speech dedicated to their mother.
“My mom loved you so much and she appreciated your love for her,” Wynonna said during the speech. “And I’m sorry she couldn’t make it through to this day. Your appreciation for her and your appreciation for her really got into her heart. And it was your affection for her that has kept her going these past few years.’