Country music icon Naomi Judd passed away Friday, April 30th at the age of 76. She was due to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the following day along with her daughter Wynonna. The two started performing in the 80s as the duo The Judds. They recently appeared at the CMT Music Awards, where they performed “Love Can Build A Bridge”. Naomi and Wynonna planned on a farewell tour this year.
The Country Music Hall of Fame updated their website with a black and white photo in memory of Naomi Judd. “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,” Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young said in the statement shared on the website.
Wynonna appeared with her actress sister Ashley Judd at the induction ceremony on May 1st. “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,” said Wynonna.
“My mama loved you so much and she appreciated your love for her. I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today. Your esteem for her and your regard for her really penetrated her heart, and it was your affection for her that did keep her going in these last years, added Ashley. The two sisters then embraced on stage.
The Country Community Remembers Naomi Judd
The country music world has been paying tribute to the honor of Naomi Judd. Several of her colleagues took to social media to share their respects.
“Honored to have witnessed “Love Can Build a Bridge” just a few short weeks ago,” tweeted Maren Morris.
“She is irreplaceable — a country music legend will never be forgotten”, said Ty Herndon.
“My fellow Kentucky girl, my friend, and an amazing singer. There are no words,” Loretta Lynn shared.
“Country music lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today,” Carrie Underwood venerated.
We join the country music world in paying tribute to the legendary Naomi Judd. Stream the best of The Judds below.
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