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The country’s biggest stars will perform at Naomi Judd’s TV memorial


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Brandi Carlile, Ashley McBryde, Little Big Town, The Gaithers, Emmylou Harris and Allison Russell will perform at the Naomi Judd Memorial.

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Robin Roberts will preside over Sunday’s celebration of the life of the late country singer – who took his own life last month – while Bono, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Martina McBride and Salma Hayek will offer tributes.

Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, will be in attendance, and CMT producers said in a statement, “We are truly privileged to work alongside Wynonna and Ashley to present this live celebration of their mother Naomi’s life. So as we all continue to mourn deeply 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 around the world in the perfect venue : the mother church of country music. This special will celebrate her timeless voice, her unforgettable spirit and the immense impact she left on our genre through the best form of healing we have – music.

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Family and friends have already celebrated Judd’s life last week with a private memorial in downtown Nashville

Meanwhile Ashley, 54, recently revealed that Naomi, 75, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Although she admitted that her family were “uncomfortable” with revealing certain information, she explained that she wanted to control the flow of information about her death before the autopsy was published.

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Ashley said: “She used a gun…my mom used a gun.

“So that’s the information that we’re very uncomfortable sharing, but understand that we’re in a position where if we don’t say it, someone else will.”

Ashley explained that she had been chosen to represent the family to discuss the death of her mother and to highlight the importance of asking for help.

She added: “My mum knew she had been seen and heard in her anguish, and she was escorted home.

“When we talk about mental illness, it is very important to be clear and to make the distinction between our loved one and the illness. It’s very real, and it lies, it’s wild.

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