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Grammy-winning singer Naomi Judd, 76, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame just one day after it was announced lost her battle with mental illness.
The Judds – a country music duo composed of Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynonna Judd – will still be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a medallion ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday despite Naomi’s tragic passing.
Wynonna, 57, is ‘expected to attend the ceremony,’ a representative for the museum told Billboard on Saturday. It is unclear if Ashley will be present.
Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum added: ‘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.’
In addition to The Judds, Eddie Bayers, who played on many of the duo’s records, Ray Charles and Pete Drake are also expected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the CMA Theatre Sunday. The ceremony begins at 5pm central time.
Public red carpet arrivals ahead of the event have been canceled, according to the news outlet.
Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, has died at age 76. She will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fam on Sunday. Naomi is pictured performing at the CMA Music Festival Festival in June 2009
Naomi’s death was confirmed by her daughters, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd. Wynonna, Ashley and Naomi Judd (left to right) are pictured at the ‘Kiss The Girls’ Premiere at Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California in October 1997
Despite her mother’s passing, Wynonna is ‘expected to attend the ceremony’ on Sunday night, according to a representative for the museum
Wynonna Judd, left, and her mother, Naomi Judd, of The Judds, perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta on Jan. 30, 1994
Dolly Parton and Wynona and Naomi Judd perform ‘Stand By Your Man,’ as part of a five woman group vocal, at the 35th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2000
Naomi, the Kentucky-born singer of the duo The Judds and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd, died due ‘to the disease of mental illness’ according to a statement from her daughters.
She had previously admitted to undergoing electro-shock therapy and said she considered suicide in recent years.
She told the Today Show in 2017 that after The Judds stopped touring, she didn’t get off the couch for two years, falling into ‘extreme’ and ‘severe’ depression.
‘[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,’ she said. ‘But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pyjamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.
‘When I came off the tour I went into this deep, dark absolutely terrifying hole and I couldn’t get out,’ she added. ‘I spent two years on my couch.’
She said she even scouted out a bridge near her family’s farm to jump from.
‘That’s how bad it can get,’ she said. ‘It’s hard to describe. You go down in this deep, dark hole of depression and you don’t think that there’s another minute.’
She said that one night, her husband and daughter Ashley called 911 and she entered therapy, eventually undergoing ECT (electroshock therapy) to ‘jump start’ the chemicals in her brain.
‘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,’ the statement from the Judd sisters said.
Wynonna Judd, left, and Naomi Judd arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11, 2022
Wynonna Judd’s final Instagram post before Naomi’s death showed off her excitement to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Naomi Judd posts a picture of her book ‘River of Time’ on Instagram with caption: Only by telling our stories will more people understand. Only by telling the truth will we stop the stigma. I’ve told my story. And now you can tell yours. You are not alone. I’m still here
Naomi had spoken publicly and written books over the years about her struggles with mental health issues.
The announcement came the day before the Judds were set to be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a medallion ceremony in Nashville. The ceremony is still scheduled to take place on Sunday, according to Just Jared.
The mother-daughter performers scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades.
After rising to the top of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis.
The Judds’ hits included Love Can Build a Bridge in 1990, Mama He’s Crazy in 1984, Why Not Me in 1984, Turn It Loose in 1988, Girls Night Out in 1985, Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain in 1986 and Grandpa in 1986.
The duo last performed together at the CMT Music Awards of April 11, singing Love Can Build a Bridge. They were accompanied by a gospel choir.
Wynonna Judd, left, and Naomi Judd arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11, 2022, at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. The duo is pictured performing in 1988
Naomi pictured in Universal City in March 2018
Naomi Judd (left) and Wynonna Judd (right), of The Judds, perform at the Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country in Las Vegas in April 2011
The Judds had also recently announced a farewell tour, the first by Naomi and Wynonna in more than a decade.
The short, 10-date tour, which was being produced by Sandbox Live and Live Nation, was to start on September 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and wrap up October 28 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
‘What I’m looking forward to most is celebrating Judd music with the fans,’ said Wynonna in a statement when the tour was announced. ‘Mom and I have had quite the journey over the last 38 years, and the fans have been with us through it all. This tour is a celebration for them.’
The Judds sang on the CMT Music Awards telecast and walked the red carpet just this month. The show aired live on CBS April 11.
‘Honored to have witnessed ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ just a few short weeks ago,’ singer Maren Morris posted on Twitter on Saturday.
Judd stands behind President George H.W. Bush at a rally just prior to the 1992 Presidential Election
The Judds flanking legendary comedian Bob Hope and his wife Doloris. The group is pictured at the taping of Bob Hope’s Bag Full of Christmas Memories in December 1993
Naomi showcasing her book Love Can Build A Bridge at Brentano’s Bookstore in Beverly Hills, California on December 7, 1993
‘This is heartbreaking news! Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known,’ singer Travis Tritt posted on Twitter, noting that he had worked with Judd several times on screen and during performances.
Born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky, Naomi was working as a nurse in Nashville, when she and Wynonna started singing together professionally. Their unique harmonies, together with elements of acoustic music, bluegrass and blues, made them stand out in the genre at the time.
‘We had a such a stamp of originality on what we were trying to do,’ Naomi told The AP after it was announced that they would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Judds released six studio albums and an EP between 1984 and 1991 and won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. They earned a total of five Grammy Awards together on hits like ‘Why Not Me’ and ‘Give A Little Love.’
The Judds sang about family, the belief in marriage and the virtue of fidelity. Because Naomi was so young looking, the two were mistaken for sisters early in their career.
Judd and her husband Larry Strickland at a 2004 event for Musicares
The Judd sisters with Natalie Cole and Lyle Lovett in October 1993
Naomi with husband Larry Strickland, daughter Ashley Judd and her date at the 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 1995
They first got attention singing on Ralph Emery’s morning show in early 1980, where the host named them the ‘Soap Sisters’ because Naomi said she used to make her own soap.
After the success of ‘Mama He’s Crazy,’ they won the Horizon Award at the 1984 CMA Awards. Naomi started her speech by saying ‘Slap the dog and spit in the fire!’
Daughter Ashley Judd as an actress known for her roles in such movies as ‘Kiss the Girls,’ ‘Double Jeopardy’ and ‘Heat.’
Larry Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley, was married to Naomi Judd for 32 years.
Naomi faced hard times and battled depression, as she admitted in one of her several books.
Larry Strickland, Naomi Judd, JT Hodges and Kasey Hodges attend the private screening of the movie ‘Christmas Stars’ at the Franklin Theater on November 25, 2019
Naomi with daughter Ashley at the premiere of Resurrection in Los Angeles in 1997
In her book ‘ River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope ‘ she writes about struggles a single mother and a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault
Judd posted an Instagram photo from a mental health conference in 2017, seen here with Carlos Zarate Jr, the chief of the National Institutes of Mental Health
She claimed to have put herself through nursing school to support her daughters before pursuing her Nashville dreams with Wynonna, becoming the Judds.
In her book ‘River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope‘ she writes about struggles a single mother and a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
At the height of their popularity, Naomi lived through the previously incurable Hepatitis C virus, having been pronounced cured five years after the diagnosis.
After finishing the last Judds tour in 2011, she battled depression and anxiety through treatment.
She called River of Time ‘her poignant message of hope to anyone whose life has been scarred by trauma.’
Source: Daily Mail