Mickey Guyton paid tribute to country music legend Charley Pride with a performance of “I’m Just Me” during the star-studded CMT Giants: Charley Pride special, which debuted on Wednesday, August 25.
The lauded vocalist opened the show and spoke about the impact Charley Pride had on her as an artist and person.
“Charley Pride impacts almost every space I occupy as an artist and as a person,” she shared. “The maturity and self assurance that defined how he and his family lived their lives allowed Charley to change the face of country music by merely being himself. As a musician, athlete, husband, father, and groundbreaker. Let me thank you Charley for everything and always just being you.”
Guyton stunned with a soaring performance of the track, which was written by Glenn Martin and released as the second single and title track from Pride’s album of the same name in 1971. “I’m Just Me” earned Pride his seventh No. 1 on the country charts, spending four weeks atop the chart.
Watch Guyton’s tribute performance below.
Charley Pride passed away on December 12, 2020. He celebrated over 50 years as a recording artist and had a lasting impact on the the music community. Pride was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, a three-time GRAMMY winner, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a CMA and ACM award winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He earned 36 No.1 singles throughout his career.
CMT Giants: Charley Pride also featured performances from Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs, Wynonna Judd and Pride’s son Dion.
In addition to performances the show included interviews from family, friends and collaborators, including Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap and Pride’s wife Rozene, who shared their personal memories while reflecting on Pride’s lasting legacy. The special also showcased rare archival photos, interviews and clips with commentary from the late Charley Pride.
The CMT special brought together Pride’s superstar friends and some of the biggest names in country music to celebrate his catalog of legendary hit songs.
CMT Giants: Charley Pride will air again for an encore performance on Sunday, August 29 at 12/11c on CMT.