Naomi Judd’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley held onto one another throughout Sunday’s Nation Music Hall of Fame ceremony and paid respect to their mom, who died Saturday morning.
Whereas Wynonna was beforehand confirmed to be in attendance, her sister Ashley was additionally current, standing beside the previous as she obtained her medallion and the ceremony unveiled The Judds’ plaque. “I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley mentioned by way of tears.
In keeping with the Related Press, Wynonna informed the silent viewers that the household gathered to say goodbye to her, after which she and Ashley recited Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd”). “Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing,” Wynonna mentioned.
A white floral bouquet was laid outdoors the doorway to the HoF museum; beneath it sat a small framed photograph of Naomi Judd. On the bottom beneath it, a single rose.
Information of Naomi Judd’s dying got here a day after the group introduced its honoring of the mother-daughter group, who produced greater than a dozen chart-topping hits, have been undefeated in any respect main nation music award reveals for practically a decade and gained 5 Grammys. Naomi gained an extra Grammy for writing the nation tune of the yr with The Judds’ hit “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
On Saturday, the CHMF introduced that the ceremony would proceed, however with out a pink carpet.
“The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum joins family and fans in grieving the sudden loss of Naomi Judd,” the group mentioned in an announcement. “Following the wishes of the Judd family, the museum will move forward with the Medallion Ceremony on Sunday, May 1, with Wynonna planning on being in attendance.”
The Judds’ best-known songs embody “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Turn It Loose,” “Girls Night Out,” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa.”
In an announcement, Wynonna and Ashley wrote that their mom died of the “disease of mental illness,” although additional particulars on the trigger of dying haven’t been launched.
“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the assertion learn. “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.”