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As we told you, Naomi Judd passed away earlier this month, and now her life is going to be celebrated with a public memorial, set to air on CMT this weekend. “Naomi Judd: A River Of Time Celebration,” a live event from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, will air commercial-free at 6 pm Sunday. “We are sincerely privileged to work alongside Wynonna, Ashley and (Naomi’s husband) Larry (Strickland) to present this live celebration of life for their mother and wife Naomi,” CMT shares. “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 at the perfect venue: The Mother Church of Country Music.” They add, “This special will celebrate her timeless voice, unforgettable spirit and the immense impact she left on our genre through the best form of healing we have – music.”
- Meanwhile, family and friends said goodbye to Naomi at a private service this past Saturday. Held at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, artists like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs paid their respects to the singing legend.
- The service included performances by The Oak Ridge Boys, who sang “Farther Along” and “Amazing Grace,” Gill, who sang the Stanley Brothers’ “Drifting Too Far From the Shore,” Brandi Carlile, who sang “Love Can Build A Bridge” and more. Even U2’s Bono helped pay tribute to Naomi, reading a poem by video.
- The eulogy was given by Naomi’s brother Mark Judd, with Wynonna and Ashley both speaking, with Ashley noting that her mom actually planned the service. “This is very much the service she wanted,” she said. “She had it all written down, and so she took the guesswork out of it for us, which we thank her for.” Wy added, “I’m just so mad she didn’t hang on so we could dance together one more time,” referring to their planned tour, adding, “You know me. I will keep singing. It’s going to be lonely, but I will sing.”
Kane Brown is ready to help you start your day. The singer is launching his very own cereal, Kane Krunch. The cereal, from PLB Sports & Entertainment, the creators of Flutie Flakes, has a base of cocoa rice. It will be sold starting this week at Wegman’s and online, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. “Getting to work with the team to create my own cereal is one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do,” Kane shares. “You can ask my family, but we truly are a big cereal household, and I’m excited for my fans to be able to try it and get to share breakfast with me, too.”
The latest viral dance sweeping social media is set to Lizzo’s hot new single “About Damn Time” and it’s so hot even Blake Shelton tried his hand at it. The singer posted a video of his not-so-successful attempt, captioning it, “Did I do this right?” Well, he didn’t but it sure looks like he had fun trying. Check it out below.