Naomi Judd is being honored by some of the best in country music at her Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration this weekend.
She tragically passed away on April 30th at 76 years old outside of Nashville due to “the disease of mental illness,” just a day before her formal induction into the the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Her daughter, Ashley Judd, confirmed yesterday that her mother took her own life with a firearm at her home in Tennessee.
CMT is broadcasting Naomi’s live public memorial this Sunday at 5pm, and has confirmed that close family friend Robin Roberts will host the show that’s taking place at the Mother Church of Country Music in the Ryman Auditorium.
Some of Naomi’s fellow country music singers will be there to perform, including Ashley McBryde, Brandi Carlile, Carly Pearce, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Little Big Town and Martina McBride, as well as other musicians like Bono and The Gaithers.
Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey and Salma Hayek will be there to speak, and Ashley and Wynonna Judd will also be in attendance, along with Naomi’s husband of 35 years and ‘Pop’ to the girls, Larry Strickland.
“This Sunday, we’re honoring a country music icon. Hosted by close family friend, Robin Roberts, ‘Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration’ will feature performances, special appearances and heartfelt messages from The Judd family, Martina McBride, Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde and more.”
Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna, had their final live performance at the CMT Awards singing “Love Can Build A Bridge” last month: