Ashley and Wynonna Judd paid an emotional tribute to their late mother at the Country Music Hall of Fame Ceremony on May 1.
The music and legacy of Naomi Judd will forever endure.
Just one day after the famed country music singer's death, Naomi and her daughter Wynonna who made up the country duo, "The Judds," were inducted into the Country Musical Hall of Fame.
Wynonna and her sister, Ashley Judd, took a moment to honor their mother at the ceremony in Nashville on Sunday.
"My momma loved you so much, and she appreciated your love for her and I'm sorry that she couldn't hang on until today," Ashley said of Naomi in the emotional tribute. "Your esteem for her and regard for her really penetrated her heart, and it was your affection for her that did keep her going in these last few years."
"I didn't prepare anything tonight because I knew Mom would probably talk the most," Wynonna told the audience. "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."
Several artists at the event honored Naomi with their performances.
Tommy Simms sang "Love Can Build a Bridge," Gillian Welch and David Rawlings sang "Young Love (Strong Love)" and Carly Pearce sang "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)."
On April 30, the sisters announced the devastating news in a statement released via Ashley's social media.
"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. 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."
After the news of Naomi's death, the Country Music Hall of Fame announced it would proceed with the ceremony on Sunday honoring "The Judds."
"We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Naomi Judd, who enters the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow as a member of mother-daughter duo The Judds," the organization's CEO Kyle Young said in a statement. "Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a significant place in music history. 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."
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