Naomi Judd's daughters break down at Hall of Fame induction ceremony a day after her death
Naomi Judd's life and legacy were honored in an emotional Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, May 1. Naomi's daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, both broke down in tears during a ceremony to induct their late mother into the Country Music Hall of Fame — just 24 hours after her passing. The sisters recited verses from the Bible and held each other closely while talking about their late mother. "I´m sorry that she couldn't hang on until today," Ashley said of her mother to the crowd while crying. Wynonna talked about the family gathering as they said goodbye to her and she and Ashley recited Psalm 23: "Though my heart is broken I will continue to sing."
During the event, fans gathered outside the museum. There was a white floral bouquet set up outside the entrance and a small framed photo of Naomi, honoring her memory. Grammy-winning country vocalist Judd, who founded the dynamic pair 'The Judd' along with her daughter Wynonna, died aged 76 on Saturday, April 30. She died from "the disease of mental illness" read a statement from her daughters. Naomi had spoken publicly and written books over the years about her struggles with mental health issues.
The devastating news came just weeks after The Judds made their triumphant TV return at the CMT Music Awards, where Naomi and Wynonna performed together for their first televised number in over 20 years. The Judds had also recently announced a tour set to kick off this fall. It would have been the duo's first tour together in over a decade. The Judds had a number of successful singles in the 1980s and 1990s. They produced a compilation album of 12 songs back in 1994, including Grammy-winning hits 'Why Not Me', 'Mama He's Crazy', and 'Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)'. In the course of three decades, the pair achieved 14 No. 1 hits. They split as a performing act in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis. The Judds had as many as 20 top 10 hits between 1984 and 1991. They bagged five Grammys, nine CMA Awards, and seven Academy of Country Music Awards. They were named the top vocal duo by the Academy of Country Music seven years in a row.
The Judds were among the County Music Hall of Fame's four inductees, including Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers, and Pete Drake. As many continue to mourn the country singer, the ceremony continued as planned with Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, and others performing. Country Music HOF tweeted "UPDATE: Out of respect for the passing of Naomi Judd, the Country Music Hall of Fame Red Carpet Experience is canceled tomorrow."
UPDATE: Out of respect for the passing of Naomi Judd, the Country Music Hall of Fame Red Carpet Experience is canceled tomorrow.— Country Music HOF (@countrymusichof) May 1, 2022