October 16, 2021

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‘CMT Giants: Charley Pride’: Highlights from all-star celebration

CMT paid tribute to Charley Pride this week with a word that seldom few country singers can claim — “Giant.” 

The station debuted “CMT Giants: Charley Pride” Wednesday night, an all-star celebration of the late trailblazer that features performances, stories, archived footage and more in saluting Pride’s five-plus decades of country music influence. 

The show — filmed earlier this year at Ascend Amphitheater — features Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Robert Randolph and more singing for the rich-voiced sharecropper’s son from Sledge, Mississippi, who conquered racial barriers in a format that never before embraced a Black superstar. 

Pride died last December of COVID-19 complications. He was 86. 

Dion Pride performs during the CMT Giants: Charlie Pride show at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Seeing a slate of stars crossing genre and generations unite for the special speaks to what Pride mean to so many in music, his son Dion Pride told The Tennessean. 

“It was overwhelming, the lineup, the people that come out to pay respects to him and our family,” Dion Pride told The Tennessean. That’s all I can say. I don’t know you can put words to how strong a feeling is to have the King [Strait], Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Darius.