CMT Remembers Charley Pride is a celebration of Pride’s legacy as one of the most influential country artists of all time. Pride, who made a touching appearance at this year’s CMA Awards, died at the age of 86 after contracting COVID-19.
Pride’s journey to success was an uphill battle. The country legend persevered through a time of rampant racism to pave the way for black country singers. Pride’s drive and undeniable talent brought together listeners of all backgrounds and brought forth a glimpse of a better tomorrow.
CMT’s special will feature three decades of interviews and footage of Pride’s greatest hits and performances. Viewers will relive Pride’s humble upbringing in Mississippi as the television event shares Pride’s inspiring journey to securing his place as a country icon.
The CMT event will also include commentary from Pride’s closest friends, including Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Shania Twain, and more. Pride’s wife, son, and siblings are also expected to make appearances.
Pride’s family and close friends will hold a private wake and memorial. Plans for a public celebration of life are on hold, but the family asks for fans to remember Pride by donating to The Pride Scholarships, any food band, or another charity dear to the fan’s heart.
You can remember Charley Pride on CMT this Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 8 PM ET.