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'CMT Giants: Charley Pride' TV Special to Feature Garth Brooks, George Strait + More

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CMT Giants: Charley Pride, a 90-minute special premiering exclusively on CMT on Wed., Aug. 25 at 9 p.m. EST, will celebrate the country music great's life and career through performances and appearances by Pride's family and famous friends.

A press release lists Nashville stars Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire, Reyna Roberts, Ronnie Milsap and Wynonna Judd as special guests. Others slated to appear include gospel artist Robert Randolph, pop legend Gladys Knight, baseball icon Nolan Ryan plus Pride's son Dion and his widow, Rozene.

"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, in a press release. "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."

"I am delighted to have so many giants in the business celebrate the legacy of Pride," echoes Rozene Pride in the same press release. "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."

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The press release promises "rare archival photos, interviews and performances, with clips and commentary from Charley Pride himself."

Pride died on Dec. 12, 2020 at the age of 86 from complications due to COVID-19. A month prior, the Country Music Hall of Fame member performed at the 2020 CMA Awards, where he received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

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