Washington (AFP) – Grammy-winning American musicians The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a tear-filled ceremony just a day after the duo’s matriarch Naomi Judd died on Saturday at age 76.
Musicians and other attendees mourned the country legend at Sunday night’s ceremony in Nashville, where a red carpet event was canceled out of respect for the singer and her grieving daughters, singer Wynonna Judd – l other half of The Judds – and actor Ashley Judd.
But the Judds family had requested that the induction go ahead and the country music stars sang the duo’s songs along with those of fellow inductees Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake.
“I didn’t cook anything tonight because I knew mom would probably do the most talking,” Wynonna, 57, joked after a Hall of Fame medallion was draped around her neck.
“My heart is broken and I feel so blessed. And it’s a very strange dynamic to be so broken and blessed.”
A tearful sister, Ashley, told the audience, “My mom loved you so much…and I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on until today.”
Ashley and Wynonna Judd announced their mother’s death in a joint statement on Saturday.
“We lost our beautiful mother to mental illness,” they wrote. “We navigate deep grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by the public.”
Naomi and Wynonna Judd formed their duo in the late 1970s, although their big break didn’t come until 1983.
During their career, they had 14 number one hits and won multiple music awards, including five Grammys.
The Country Music Hall of Fame announced on Friday that The Judds would join their ranks for helping “bring country back to its roots in the 1980s with light, melodic songs influenced by traditional folk music, acoustic blues and acts of family harmony”.
Some of the pair’s biggest hits include “Love Can Build A Bridge”, “Mama He’s Crazy”, and “Girls’ Night Out”.
The Judds officially disbanded in 1991, when Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, although they have reunited several times for tours and special performances.
Tributes to Naomi Judd poured in from stars, including fellow country music icon Loretta Lynn, who said she was “just heartbroken” by the death of “my colleague from Kentucky, my friend and an amazing singer “.
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