CMT will honor the late Charley Pride with a new TV special, CMT Remembers Charley Pride, on Dec. 16.
The new special will featured three decades of interviews and commentary from Charley, concert footage, many of his greatest hits and appearances by Darius Rucker, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, wife Rozene and more.
Charley, 86, died on Dec. 12, 2020, in Dallas, Texas, due to complications from Covid-19. A three-time Grammy winner, Charley is considered country music’s first African-American superstar. He signed to RCA Victor in 1967 and earned a string of No. 1 hits, including “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me),” “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again,” “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’,” “Amazing Love” and many more. Charley won the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972. Charley became the Grand Ole Opry’s first African-American member in 1993. Charley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. Charley was presented with the 2020 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in Nashville at the 54th CMA Awards on Nov. 11.
CMT Remembers Charley Pride will air on CMT on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. CT, with encore presentations on Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. CT and Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. CT.
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