CMT Reveals Elite List of '40 Greatest Women of Country Music' In Anticipation of Historic Television Event Debuting Friday, August 30 on CMT: Country Music Television

Three-Hour CMT Special Illustrates the Depth and Breadth of Country Music

Aug 29, 2002, 01:00 ET from CMT: Country Music Television

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- CMT: Country Music Television
 reveals the elite list of the "40 Greatest Women Of Country Music" in
 anticipation of the network's upcoming historic television event.  The CMT 40
 GREATEST WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC were selected by hundreds of artists, music
 historians, music journalists, and music industry professionals -- looking at
 every aspect of what a great artist is -- from her musically groundbreaking
 body of work to her overall contributions to the ever-changing world of
 country music.  Viewers will have to tune in to this three-hour documentary
 special to find out where their favorite artist ranks on the list.  The
 special, hosted by actor Billy Campbell ("Once & Again" and "Enough") will air
 Labor Day weekend, debuting on Friday, Aug. 30 at 9:00 PM-12:00 Midnight,
 ET/PT (repeats Saturday, Aug. 31 at 4:00-7:00 PM, ET/PT; Sunday, Sept. 1 at
 12:00 Noon-3:00 PM, ET/PT and 11:00 PM-2:00 AM, ET/PT; and Monday, Sept. 2 at
 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).
     The 40 "greatest women of country music" come from every corner of country
 music including the very roots of the genre.  The list illustrates the
 enormous depth and variety that country music embodies.  These 40 women have
 blazed trails on Broadway, in comedy, rock & roll, bluegrass, alternative
 country, film, and television -- all while making indelible marks on the face
 and sound of country music.
     The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, according to singers, songwriters,
 music critics and music industry professionals all over America, are (in
 alphabetical order):
     Lynn Anderson             Reba McEntire
     Mary Chapin Carpenter     Patsy Montana
     Maybelle Carter           Lorrie Morgan
     June Carter Cash          Anne Murray
     Roseanne Cash             K.T. Oslin
     Patsy Cline               Dolly Parton
     Dixie Chicks              Minnie Pearl
     Dale Evans                LeAnn Rimes
     Crystal Gayle             Linda Ronstadt
     Emmylou Harris            Connie Smith
     Faith Hill                Pam Tillis
     Wanda Jackson             Tanya Tucker
     The Judds                 Shania Twain
     Alison Krauss             Cindy Walker
     kd lang                   Kitty Wells
     Brenda Lee                Dottie West
     Patty Loveless            Lucinda Williams
     Loretta Lynn              Lee Ann Womack
     Barbara Mandrell          Tammy Wynette
     Martina McBride           Trisha Yearwood
     CMT 40 GREATEST WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC will include interviews with
 celebrities talking about the impact these women have made on country music,
 how they feel when they hear one of these women sing and the emotions that are
 evoked when they think of the contributions these specific women have made to
 country music.  The special will also include video footage, historic photos,
 and the timeless music these women have made over the years that will create
 the exciting three-hour countdown from No. 40 to No. 1.  Each hour will draw
 CMT viewers closer to knowing which artist will be honored as the Greatest
 Woman of Country Music.
     The three-hour tribute includes interviews with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill,
 Melissa Etheridge, George Jones, Reba McEntire, June Carter Cash, Don Henley,
 Chris Isaak, Toby Keith, Rosanne Cash, Lynn Anderson, Randy Travis, Shania
 Twain, and many other celebrities from country music and other entertainment
     CMT, a 24-hour country music network, carries original programming,
 specials, and live concert and events, as well as a mix of videos by
 established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world
 premiere exclusive videos.  Founded March 6, 1983, the network, owned and
 operated by MTV Networks, reaches 63.1 million households in the United
     MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B), owns
 and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC
 DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of
 which are trademarks of MTV Networks.
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