CMT to air “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION” LIVE from Ryman Auditorium commercial-free on Sunday, May 15th at 6p/5c


Public memorial celebration to include tributes from Wynonna & Ashley Judd with soon-to-be-announced performances and special appearances from some of the biggest names in entertainment 


NASHVILLE - (May 10, 2022) - CMT and Sandbox Live today announced “NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION, a LIVE celebration from Ryman Auditorium, in partnership with The Judds family, to honor the extraordinary life and legacy of country music icon Naomi Judd. CMT will exclusively televise the public memorial service as a commercial-free special on Sunday, May 15th at 6p/5c

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

Additional details on the public memorial service, performers and special appearances to be announced in the coming days.

NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION” is a co-production from CMT and Sandbox Live; Margaret Comeaux (CMT), Leslie Fram (CMT), Jason Owen (Sandbox) and Patrizia DiMaria (Ladypants Productions) are Executive Producers.

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 here.



Press Contacts:

Ali Marszalkowski,

Marcel Pariseau, 

Scott Adkins (For Estate of Naomi Judd), 


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