Naomi Judd was represented by her daughters at her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night (May 1), just a day after she announced her death.
The country star died on Saturday (April 30) at the age of 76. Wynonna, who formed one half of singing duo The Judds with her mother, was joined at the ceremony by her sister Ashley.
“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew Mom would probably do the most talking,” Wynonna told the audience.
“I’m doing this quickly because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic to be so broken and so blessed.”
Meanwhile, Ashley tearfully told the audience: “My mum loved you so much and she appreciated your love for her and I’m sorry she couldn’t make it through to this day.
“Your appreciation for her and your appreciation for her really pierced her heart, and it was your affection for her that has kept her going over the past few years.”
The Country Music Hall of Fame said it has decided to go ahead with its plan to honor The Judds during Sunday’s ceremony at the request of their daughters.
“Naomi has overcome incredible odds on her way to a significant place in music history. Her triumphant life story overshadows today’s tragic news,” Kyle Young, the organization’s CEO, said in a statement E! news.
“Her family has requested that we proceed with the official induction of The Judds Hall of Fame on Sunday. We will do this with heavy hearts and weighted minds. Naomi and daughter Wynonna’s music will endure.”
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Naomi’s cause of death is unknown. In her mother’s obituary, posted to Instagram, Ashley wrote that they “lost our beautiful mother to the illness of a mental illness.”
Naomi previously shared that she was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety during a performance in 2016 Good morning America.
Narrated by Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley The Associated Press that his wife had died near Nashville, Tennessee, at which time he was requesting privacy for their family.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/naomi-judd-dead-winnona-country-music-b2069863.html Naomi Judd was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in an emotional ceremony the day after her death