CMT is gearing up to honor the late country icon, Charley Pride.
The popular tv network announced CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride, a star-studded special celebrating the life and legacy of the country music pioneer.
Airing on Wednesday, August 25 at 9/8c on CMT, the 90-minute CMT Giants: Charley Pride special will feature performances by Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Mickey Guyton, Wynonna Judd, Luke Combs with Robert Randolph & Reyna Roberts and his son Dion Pride.
In addition the star-studded list of performers set to honor Pride, performing some of the late country legend’s biggest hits, the event will also include special guests Reba McEntire, Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Ronnie Milsap and Pride’s wife Rozene Pride, all of whom will share personal memories and reflect on Pride’s lasting legacy.
The show will also showcase rare archival photos, interviews and performances, with clips and commentary from the late Charley Pride himself.
“It’s an incredibly great honor to celebrate Charley Pride’s career from the perspective of those who knew him best – his friends, family and peers,” shared Margaret Comeaux, Executive Producer, CMT. “As a true ‘giant’ in country music, Charley serves as an inspiration for present and future artists, and his legendary career transcends barriers with music that stands the test of time.”
“I am delighted to have so many giants in the business celebrate the legacy of Pride,” Pride’s wife Rozene shared. “He would have been so happy to see the artists give so generously of their time and talent honoring him. This truly is a testament to the impact that he had on the country music community for so many years.”
Charley Pride passed away due to complications of COVID-19 during the morning hours of Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the age of 86. According to a statement released by his family, Pride was admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms in late November, but “despite the incredible efforts, skill and care of his medical team over the past several weeks, he was unable to overcome the virus.”
The Country Music Hall of Fame member celebrated 50 years as a recording artist, selling tens of millions of records throughout his career and charting 35 No.1 country singles. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, a three-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner. Additionally, he earned the title of the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972.