The country music community honored the life and legacy of Naomi Judd Music.
Friends, family and fellow artists gathered at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium on May 15 to pay tribute to the late singer at a public memorial. The service—hosted by Good Morning AmericaAnchor Robin Roberts—aired live on CMT in a special titled Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration.
The ceremony begins early in the morning Wynonna JuddShe was, along with her mother, half of the duo in country. The JuddsThe song was “River of Time”. Later, she paired up with Brandi Carlile for a duet of “The Rose,” recreating the band’s signature mother/daughter harmonies.
Among the other musicians paying tribute in song to Naomi were Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson, Emmylou HarrisAnd Allison Russell.
Country singers are able to capture a very touching moment in a special way. Martina McBride read a Maya AngelouPassage to the crowd while Bette Midler, Bono, Oprah Winfrey, Reba McEntire, Salma Hayek, Reese WitherspoonAnd Morgan Freeman all offered heartwarming testimonials.