Wednesday, August 25th at 9p/8c on CMT
Star-packed 90-minute special to feature performances and appearances by Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Dion Pride, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Janie Fricke, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba, Reyna Roberts, Robert Randolph, Ronnie Milsap, Rozene Pride, and Wynonna
WHAT: “CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride” is an uplifting celebration honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of trailblazing country music titan Charley Pride. The star-packed, 90-minute event features special performances and interviews from family, friends, and collaborators who appear to share their personal memories and reflect on Pride’s lasting legacy, his wife Rozene and son Dion, blended alongside rare archival photos, interviews, and performances, with clips and commentary from Charley Pride himself.
WHO: The special brings together Charley’s superstar friends and some of the biggest names in music today to celebrate his most legendary hits, including:
- Alan Jackson
- Darius Rucker
- Dion Pride (son)
- Garth Brooks
- George Strait
- Gladys Knight
- Jimmie Allen
- LeeAnn Womack
- Luke Combs
- Mickey Guyton
+ PLUS special appearances from Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba, Ronnie Milsap, Janie Fricke & Charley Pride’s wife Rozene Pride.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 25th at 9p/8c (encores Sunday, August 29th at 12p/11c).
WHERE: Watch on CMT.
- Key art, logo + headshot here
- Promo here + here
- Show photos here
- Photo Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images for CMT
ABOUT CHARLEY PRIDE:
Charley Pride celebrated more than 50 years as a recording artist, enjoying one of the most successful careers in country music history, and is credited with helping break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY® award and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner, Pride garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride performed concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand over the last several years. He received the Crossroads Of American Music Award At the 2019 GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Gala in November of 2019, and the Country Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award one year later in November 2020. On December 12, 2020, Pride died at the age of 86 from complications due to COVID-19. His memory and storied legacy will live on through his vast library of stories and songs, with forthcoming plans for a final album release, public celebration of life ceremony, tribute concert, and biopic film. Full bio available here and follow Charley Pride on Facebook and at CharleyPride.com.
ABOUT CMT GIANTS:
Launched in 2006, the CMT GIANTS franchise is CMT’s elite honor celebrating the careers of country music’s most legendary artists: Reba McEntire (2006), Hank Williams, Jr. (2007), Alan Jackson (2008), and Kenny Rogers (2020). Stars that have previously taken part in past specials include Brad Paisley, Buddy Guy, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, LeAnn Rimes, Lionel Richie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Megan Mullally, Michael McDonald, Rascal Flatts, Rita Wilson, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Trisha Yearwood, to name a few.
‘CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride‘ is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Taillight’s Tom Forrest. The Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer.
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events, and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT.com), and social (CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.
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TUNE-IN: ‘CMT GIANTS: CHARLEY PRIDE’ premieres this Wednesday, August 25th at 9p/8c. The star-packed special will feature tributes by Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Dion Pride, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Mickey Guyton, Reba, Wynonna & more! #CMTGiants