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Naomi Judd Honored by Daughters at Country Music Hall of Fame Ceremony


During the ceremony, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd reflected on the difficulty of honoring their mother’s achievement so soon after losing her.

“I didn’t cook anything tonight because I knew mom would probably do the most talking,” Wynonna told the audience, Taste of Country reported. Wynonna and Naomi Judd performed together for decades as mother-daughter duo The Judds. “I’m going to do this fast, because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be so broken and so blessed.”

The Country Music Hall of Fame was “shocked and saddened” by the death of Judd, CEO Kyle Young said in an earlier statement on Twitter. However, Judd’s family has requested that the Judds’ induction continue as planned, he said.

“We will with heavy hearts,” Young wrote.

Judd died at the age of 76, her daughters announced Saturday, hours before the country music legend was celebrated alongside Wynonna at the Nashville museum medal ceremony.

In their announcements shared on Twitter, Wynonna and Ashley, an actress, wrote that they “lost our beautiful mother to mental illness.”

“I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on until today,” Ashley said of her tearful mother at Sunday’s ceremony, according to a CBS News report.

“Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do,” Wynonna said. The sisters concluded their remarks by reciting Psalm 23 from the Bible.

A tweet on the Hall of Fame page announced the “Red Carpet Experience” pre-ceremony, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, had been canceled in light of Judd’s death.

Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake were also inducted into the Hall of Fame at Sunday’s ceremony.

“We are navigating deep grief and know that as much as we loved her, she was loved by her audience,” her daughters said when they announced Naomi’s death. “We are in uncharted territory.”

Naomi Judd shared during a 2016 appearance on “Good Morning America” ​​that she had been diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety. That same year, she wrote a book called “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” explaining her struggles.
In its 2021 members-elect announcement, the Hall of Fame credited Naomi and Wynonna Judd with helping “bring the country back to its roots in the 1980s with lean, melodic songs influenced by traditional folk music, the acoustic blues and family harmony acts.”

The mother-daughter duo began performing together as professional actors in the early 1980s, quickly producing a string of major hits like “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Love Can Build a Bridge,” and selling more than 20 million records. Between 1984 and 1991, The Judds won five Grammys and had 14 No. 1 singles, according to the Hall of Fame.

As Wynonna sang the lead, “Naomi provided harmony, wit and a sassy stage presence that engaged the audience,” the Hall of Fame said.

The announcement was updated following news of Judd’s passing, noting, “The Judds’ museum, family and fans, and the entertainment industry are mourning his sudden passing.”

The Judds performed together publicly for the first time in years at the CMT Music Awards early last month, singing “Love Can Build a Bridge.” Judd’s death also came shortly after the announcement of The Judds’ 10-date “Final Tour”, which was due to begin in September.