It’s been just over a year since Nashville stopped paused and paid tribute to Naomi Judd on April 30, after her tragic passing. Fans were stunned to hear that the legendary country singer committed suicide just days before she was inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame with Wynonna, her daughter.
Wynonna Judd, her sister Ashley, and Larry Strickland (the stepfather), were present at the event. A stellar lineup of musicians honored the career and life of the singer was also on hand. Ashley Judd opened the event with a standing ovation, sharing some words about her mother.
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“Thank you for being in community and fellowship with us,”Judd addressed the crowd. “Because we can pretend to care, but we cannot pretend to show up. So thank you for showing up for our mom.”She added that her mother wanted a public memorial at Ryman Auditorium to honor her, and that the Ryman was the former home for the Grand Ole Opry. “mother church.”
After More information about her motherAshley Judd introduced Wynonna Judd to the stage for a performance. “River of Time,”Their mother wrote the lyrics. Wynonna would perform again later in the evening and announce a farewell tour that the mother-daughter duo were going to take this fall. She stated that she would continue the tour she had planned with her mother as a tribute to her mother. Wynonna performed “The Rose”Brandi Carlile, before the event was closed with “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
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Larry Strickland was Judd’s widowed husband and shared a message he received on a flight from Naomi Judd. It was a very emotional moment. Judd never met a stranger. “Needless to say it brought great pleasure and comfort to me,”Strickland was added.
Wynonna brought some laughter to the room by making fun of family members. “We’re showing the world what a dysfunctional family does,”The singer shared the words with Strickland and her sister. “You show up for each other.”
The Gaither Vocal Band performed a tribute to Judd. There were also video messages from Salma Hayek and Oprah Winfrey. A few other performers included Little Big Town, EmmyLou Harris (among others), and Jamey Johnson.