Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr. will take part in a tribute to Johnny Cash during the 37th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Set for Nov
Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr. will take part in a tribute to Johnny Cash during the 37th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Set for Nov. 5 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, the event will be broadcast live on CBS in the U.S., and will be seen on BBC Two in the U.K. and the Nine Network in Australia.
All five performers paying tribute to the late "Man in Black" are also participating in the Nov. 10 Musical Tribute to Johnny Cash in the same venue. As reported yesterday, actor Tim Robbins will host that memorial show, which will also feature performances by John Mellencamp, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Jack Clement, Steve Earle and Larry Gatlin. Highlights will air in a two-hour special Nov. 15 on CMT.
Cash, who died Sept. 12 at the age of 71, is nominated for four CMA Awards: vocal event of the year for "Tears in the Holston River," a collaboration with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, single and music video of the year for his rendition of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" and album of the year for "American IV: The Man Comes Around" (American Recordings/Lost Highway).
"The day before Johnny died, his longtime manager Lou Robin called to tell me that Johnny was happy about his nominations and he wanted to attend the CMA Awards," CMA Executive Director Ed Benson recalls. "Tragically, that wasn't meant to be, but his music and life will be celebrated by an extraordinary collection of artists, contemporaries and friends. Johnny Cash was an international ambassador for country music -- a musical trailblazer throughout his life -- and we hope to capture a small part of that legacy on the CMA Awards."
Also added to the CMA Awards performance lineup is Little Jimmy Dickens, who will join Brad Paisley for his rendition of "Celebrity." The performance will also feature Trista Rehn of ABC's "Bachelorette" and actor William Shatner, both of whom appeared with Dickens in the video for the song, and Anthony Clark and Mike O'Malley of the CBS sitcom "Yes, Dear."
Bluegrass favorite Rhonda Vincent will join previously announced duet partners Dolly Parton and Norah Jones to perform an as-yet-unannounced number.
They join previously confirmed performers Gary Allan, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, host Vince Gill, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, Buddy Jewell, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Patty Loveless, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Joe Nichols, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Shania Twain and Darryl Worley.