CMT has announced a star-studded lineup for the upcoming “Smashing Glass: A Celebration of the Groundbreaking Women of Music” special scheduled to air on Wednesday, November 15th, at 9 pm ET/PT on CMT.
The show will honor Patti LaBelle and Tanya Tucker, with some special performances and presentations from Billie Jean King, Chris Janson, Clint Black, Fancy Hagood, Ledisi and The War & Treaty.
LaBelle and Tucker will participate in a special roundtable conversation with Sheryl Crow and also perform on stage.
Amber Riley, Lucie Silvas and Mickey Guyton will honor the late women of music with “Moments of Respect” and tribute medleys to Aretha Franklin, Sinead O’Connor and Tina Turner. Aretha passed away in 2018, while O’Connor and Turner died in May and July 2023, respectively.
Sports icon and equality champion Billie Jean King will kick off the inaugural celebration and presents to Tanya Tucker. Multi-platinum Grammy-winning country star Clint Black will honor Tanya with a special rendition of “Texas When I Die,” while Grand Ole Opry member Chris Janson will honor Tanya with a performance of “It’s A Little Too Late.”
Singer/songwriter Fancy Hagood will introduce Patti Labelle ahead of the icon’s own performance. Grammy-winning vocalist Ledisi is set to deliver a soul-stirring tribute performance of “New Attitude” to honor Patti LaBelle.
A statement from CMT reads, “CMT Smashing Glass is an all-new, genre-defying musical salute to the incomparable women who smashed stereotypes, broke records and defiantly blazed trails for future generations of female artists. The inaugural genre-blending music event will honor the exceptional careers of icons Patti LaBelle and Tanya Tucker and honor the late women of music with once-in-a-lifetime performances, surprise appearances and ‘Moments of Respect’ tributes to Aretha Franklin, Sinead O’Connor, Tina Turner and more.”
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