Though the tragic dying of Naomi Judd forged a pall over the Nation Music Corridor of Fame ceremony, the present went on as scheduled in Nashville on Sunday, Could 1. Naomi, who handed away on the age of 76 at some point prior, was inducted as a part of The Judds, alongside her daughter Wynonna Judd. Wynonna and her youthful sister Ashley Judd appeared on the occasion, holding one another by tears as they paid tribute to their iconic mom.
“I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley stated to the gang per the Related Press. Wynonna defined she “didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mom would probably talk the most,” per Style of Nation. “I’m gonna make this fast, because my heart’s broken, and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be this broken and this blessed. … Though my heart’s broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do,” she additionally stated. The sisters then recited Psalm 23.
On the occasion, Wynonna confirmed her mother died at 2:20 p.m. CT Saturday. She revealed that she kissed Naomi “on the forehead and walked away,” whereas surrounded by household.
Performers paid tribute to the Judds in tune, together with present high 10 nation singer Carly Pearce doing the duo’s 1986 smash “Grandpa (Inform Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” and the Americana duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings covering 1989’s “Young Love (Strong Love),” one other No. 1 hit for the Judds. Tommy Simms sang “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
Simply hours after Naomi’s dying was introduced, the Nation Music Corridor of Fame’s CEO, Kyle Younger, took to Twitter to disclose the present would proceed, per the needs of the Judd household. “We are shocked and saddened by the death of Naomi Judd, who enters the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow as a member of the @juddsofficial,” Younger wrote. “Her family has asked that we continue with the Judds’ Hall of Fame induction Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts.”
“Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a significant place in music history,” Younger added in an Instagram that includes a beautiful picture of Naomi. “Her triumphant life story overshadows today’s tragic news. Her family has asked that we continue with the Judds’ official Hall of Fame induction on Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts and weighted minds. Naomi and daughter Wynonna’s music will endure.”
UPDATE: Out of respect for the passing of Naomi Judd, the Nation Music Corridor of Fame Crimson Carpet Expertise is canceled tomorrow.
— Nation Music HOF (@countrymusichof) Could 1, 2022
In a separate Twitter assertion, the group introduced Wynonna was planning on attending the occasion, though the pre-ceremony “Red Carpet Experience,” scheduled for Sunday afternoon, had been canceled in gentle of Naomi’s dying.
The induction honor comes after Naomi and Wynonna lately introduced a tour to start within the fall, the primary one for The Judds in over a decade. And final month, they made their first main awards present efficiency in over 20 years, enjoying on the CMT Music Awards.
In a assertion asserting Naomi’s dying on Saturday afternoon, Wynonna and Naomi’s different daughter Ashley Judd, stated they “experienced a tragedy.” “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” they added. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.” As this time, the reason for dying has but to be reported.