A public memorial service for country music legend Naomi Judd will air on CMT on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m. ET and will feature performers Brandi Carlile, The Gaither Vocal Band, and Ashley McBryde.

CMT announced it was teaming up with the Judd family and Sandbox Entertainment to provide the commercial-free live broadcast from Ryan Auditorium in Nashville.

“We are sincerely privileged to work alongside Wynonna, Ashley and Larry [Strickland] to present this live celebration of life for their mother and wife Naomi,” CMT producers shared via a statement. “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.”


Emmylou Harris, Little Big Town, and Allison Russell were also announced as performers. Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, and Jamey Johnson later signed up to perform at the memorial service, with Bette Midler, Reba McEntire, and Reese Witherspoon set to share special messages, according to a report.

CMT announced that the ceremony will be hosted by ABC’s Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, alongside country music singer and songwriter Carly Pearce and CMT host Cody Alan.

“This special will celebrate [Naomi Judd’s] timeless voice, unforgettable spirit and the immense impact she left on our genre through the best form of healing we have – music,” CMT said.

Judd died on April 30 at the age of 76, just one day before she, along with her daughter Wynonna, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ashley Judd, Naomi’s daughter, announced that the family lost their mother to “the disease of mental illness” via a post on Twitter. On Thursday, Ashley Judd shared that Naomi Judd died from a self-inflicted firearm wound.

“Because we don’t want it to be part of the gossip economy, I will share with you that she used a weapon. Mother used a fire arm,” Ashley Judd said. “My mother knew that she was seen and she was heard in her anguish. She was walked home. She was walked home.”


On May 1, the Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Naomi and Wynonna’s final televised performance was at the CMT Music Awards in April.

They were preparing for what was called "The Final Tour," set to begin in September.

An encore of the memorial service will air at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.