Naomi Judd's Daughters Pay Tribute To Late Mom At Country Music Hall Of Fame Induction

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Wynonna and Ashley Judd paid tribute to their late mother, Naomi Judd, at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony - just one day after her tragic death.

The pair were visibly emotional on stage at the ceremony on Sunday night as The Judds - Naomi and Wynonna's mother-daughter musical act - was added to the hall of fame.

“My mama loved you so much and I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today," Ashley tearfully said to the audience. “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 the last years."

In a statement, the sisters announced on Saturday that they had lost their mother to the "disease of mental illness" followed by: “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.”

Sources have since told People that the legendary performer took her own life at the age of 76 following a battle with mental illness.

The country music star was a long-time advocate for mental wellbeing and was very open about her struggles with severe depression and anxiety. She had written a book called River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope and wrote an open letter for Mental Health Awareness Week in 2018.

In 2016, the singer revealed to Good Morning America that her severe depression left her housebound for years, and it got worse after she and her daughter decided to stop touring in 2011.

"[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,” she told host Robin Roberts at the time. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, 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. I spent two years on my couch,” she added.

The mother-daughter duo managed to get 14 number one hits under their belt during a career that spanned nearly three decades. They also won five Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and nine Country Music Association awards.
Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd at the 2022 CMT Music Awards. Credit: AFF / Alamy
The pair made their return to award shows when they performed at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month, and they announced their first tour in more than a decade that was set to kick off in the fall.

Our thoughts are with Judd's family, friends, and fans at this time.

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