Naomi Judd honored at Country Music Hall of Fame after her death – Hollywood Life

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Although the tragic death of Naomi Judd cast a veil over the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony, the show went ahead as planned in Nashville on Sunday, May 1. Naomi, who died aged 76 the day before, was inducted as part of The Juddsalongside her daughter Wynonna Judd. Wynonna and her younger sister Ashley Judd appeared at the event, holding each other through tears as they paid tribute to their iconic mother.

“I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on until today,” Ashley told the crowd according to the Associated Press. Wynonna explained that she “didn’t cook anything tonight because I knew mom would probably do the most talking,” per taste of country. “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. … Although my heart is broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do,” she also said. The sisters then recited Psalm 23.

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Naomi Judd was honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony following her death on April 30, 2022. (Charles Sykes/Shutterstock)

At the event, Wynonna confirmed her mother died at 2:20 p.m. Saturday. She revealed that she kissed Naomi “on the forehead and pulled away”, while surrounded by her family.

Performers paid tribute to the Judds in song, including current top 10 country singers Carly Pearce making the duet hit “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” in 1986 and the American duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings covering “Young Love (Strong Love)” in 1989, another No. 1 hit for the Judds. Tommy Simms sang “Love Can Build a Bridge”.

Just hours after the death of Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Naomi was announced, Kyle Young, took to Twitter to reveal that the show would go on, per the wishes of the Judd family. “We are shocked and saddened by the death of Naomi Judd, who is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow as a member of the @juddsofficial,” Young wrote. “His family has requested that we continue with the induction into the Judds’ Hall of Fame on Sunday. We will do so with heavy hearts.

“Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a place in music history,” Young added in an Instagram with a gorgeous photo of Naomi. “His triumphant life story overshadows today’s tragic news. His family has requested that we proceed with the Judds’ official induction into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. We will do so with heavy hearts and levelheaded minds. The music of Naomi and her daughter Wynonna will live on.

In a separate Twitter statement, the organization announced that Wynonna planned to attend the event, although the “Red Carpet Experience” pre-ceremony, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, was canceled in light of Naomi’s passing. .

The induction honor comes after Naomi and Wynonna recently announced a tour that will begin in the fall, the first for The Judds in over a decade. And last month, they did their first major awards show in over two decades, performing at the CMT Music Awards.

In a statement announcing Naomi’s death on Saturday afternoon, Wynonna and Naomi’s other daughter Ashley Judd, said they had “lived a tragedy”. “We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness,” they added. “We are broken. We navigate deep mourning and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory. At this time, the cause of death has not yet been reported.

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