During the ceremony, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd reflected on the difficulty of honoring their mother’s achievement so soon after losing her.
“I didn’t cook anything tonight because I knew mom would probably do the most talking,” Wynonna told the audience, Taste of Country reported. Wynonna and Naomi Judd performed together for decades as mother-daughter duo The Judds. “I’m going to do this fast, because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be so broken and so blessed.”
“We will with heavy hearts,” Young wrote.
Judd died at the age of 76, her daughters announced Saturday, hours before the country music legend was celebrated alongside Wynonna at the Nashville museum medal ceremony.
In their announcements shared on Twitter, Wynonna and Ashley, an actress, wrote that they “lost our beautiful mother to mental illness.”
“I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on until today,” Ashley said of her tearful mother at Sunday’s ceremony, according to a CBS News report.
“Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do,” Wynonna said. The sisters concluded their remarks by reciting Psalm 23 from the Bible.
Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake were also inducted into the Hall of Fame at Sunday’s ceremony.
“We are navigating deep grief and know that as much as we loved her, she was loved by her audience,” her daughters said when they announced Naomi’s death. “We are in uncharted territory.”
The mother-daughter duo began performing together as professional actors in the early 1980s, quickly producing a string of major hits like “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Love Can Build a Bridge,” and selling more than 20 million records. Between 1984 and 1991, The Judds won five Grammys and had 14 No. 1 singles, according to the Hall of Fame.
As Wynonna sang the lead, “Naomi provided harmony, wit and a sassy stage presence that engaged the audience,” the Hall of Famer said.
The announcement was updated following news of Judd’s passing, noting, “The Judds’ museum, family and fans, and the entertainment industry are mourning his sudden passing.”