Thursday, July 15, 2021
– The late Charley Pride will be celebrated on "CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride," a special celebrating the life and music of the Black country music singer on Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. eastern on CMT.
Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, son Dion Pride, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs featuring Robert Randolph and Reyna Roberts, Mickey Guyton and Wynonna will appear. Special guests Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba, Ronnie Milsap and Charley's wife Rozene Pride, also appear to share their personal memories and reflect on Pride's legacy, which are blended alongside archival photos, interviews and performances, with clips and commentary from Pride himself.
"It's an incredibly great honor to celebrate Charley Pride's career from the perspective of those who knew him best - his friends, family, and peers," said Margaret Comeaux, Executive Producer, CMT. "As a true 'giant' in country music, Charley serves as an inspiration for present and future artists, and his legendary career transcends barriers with music that stands the test of time."
Rozene Pride said, "I am delighted to have so many giants in the business celebrate the legacy of Pride. He would have been so happy to see the artists give so generously of their time and talent honoring him. This truly is a testament to the impact that he had on the country music community for so many years."
Pride scored 36 chart-topping country hits, including "Kiss An Angel Good Morning," which 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. Pride died Dec. 12, 2020 from complications due to COVID-19.