CMT has announced “CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill,” an all-new 90-minute special celebrating the extraordinary career and music of country music titan Vince Gill. The star-filled event kicks off Friday, September 16 at 9/8 p.m. exclusively on CMT. Gill’s touring companion and vocalist Wendy Moten revealed the news for the first time last night on stage to a sold-out crowd at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during the first night of her four-night residency.
“CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill” brings together Gill’s superstar friends, collaborators and some of the biggest names in music to pay tribute to him with performances of his most legendary hits, including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris and Ricky Skaggs, and more to be announced. Emmylou Harris, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell and Sting will also appear as special guests to share personal stories, reflect on their time working with Gill and talk about his lasting impact on country music. The special will further include an all-new interview with Gill as he personally reflects on his career, classic songwriting, musical influences and future plans, all mixed with rare photos, performance footage and interviews from the vault. -strong.
“From his timeless catalog of songs, numerous awards and his unparalleled musicality, to the respect and camaraderie cultivated among his fellow musicians, and of course, his signature sense of humor, we can all agree that Vince is a true titan. country music,” Margaret shared. Comeaux, CMT’s senior vice president of production, music and events. “He’s a true ‘artist’s artist’ who has touched fans around the world with his music and compositions, and we couldn’t be more delighted to award him our most esteemed ‘CMT Giants’ accolade.”
CMT’s new music special will mark the first-ever television performance of Belmont University’s new Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville.
Gill has a famous history with CMT, including his collaboration with Sting for an episode of the iconic music franchise “CMT Crossroads” in 2011. He also appeared alongside Alison Krauss for the “CMT Cross Country” series in 2006. Most recently, he appeared at the 2019 ‘CMT Artists of the Year’ ceremony to present friend Reba McEntire with her special ‘Artist of a Lifetime’ honor.
Launched in 2006, the CMT GIANTS franchise is CMT’s elite honor celebrating the careers of country music’s most legendary artists: Reba McEntire (2006), Hank Williams, Jr. (2007), Alan Jackson (2008) , Kenny Rogers (2020) and Charley. Pride (2021). Stars who have appeared in past specials include Alan Jackson, Buddy Guy, Darius Rucker, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Gretchen Wilson, Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, LeAnn Rimes, Lionel Richie , Luke Combs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Megan Mullally, Michael McDonald, Rascal Flatts, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna, to name a few.
“CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Taillight’s Tom Forrest. Executives in charge of production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive Talent Manager; Shanna Strassberg is a talent producer.
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