CMT Announces Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Featuring Cody Johnson
CMT has announced an all-star tribute to the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd. It will feature a stacked lineup including Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Cody Johnson, Paul Rodgers, Slash, and Warren Haynes. LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna Judd will fill the role of “The Honkettes.”
The celebration comes 50 years after the launch of the band’s debut album. It folows the recent passing of the final original founding member, guitarist Gary Rossington.
Cody Johnson and Paul Rodgers will lead vocals with Billy Gibbons, Slash, and Warren Haynes on electric guitars for a performance of a pair of timeless Lynyrd Skynyrd hits. Veteran Nashville studio and touring musicians Ethan Pilzer and Rich Redmond complete the lineup on bass and drums.
Dale Krantz Rossington, band member and wife of late guitarist Gary Rossington, is set to attend, alongside fellow Lynyrd Skynyrd band members Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke. The group sold over 28 million records in the U.S. since their debut album Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd in 1973.
The 2023 CMT Music Awards will air live from Austin, Texas’s Moody Center this Sunday, April 2nd (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.
We recently reported that Gwen Stefani would make her CMT debut with a performance with Carly Pearce. Stefani last appeared on the show in 2020 with Blake Shelton. They were there to accept their win for “Collaborative Video of the Year” for their duet “Nobody But You.”
Shania Twain will be recognized with the “CMT Equal Play Award.” The award recognizes artists who advocate for diverse and underrepresented voices in country music. Previous “CMT Equal Play Award” winners include Jennifer Nettles and Linda Martell.