Ashely, Wynonna Judd, tears in their eyes at Mama Naomi’s death in the Hall of Fame

Naomi Judd’s daughters – Wynonna and Ashley – fought back tears to honor their late mother at Sunday’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The award was presented just 24 hours after the music matriarch’s death. She was 76.

“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew Mom would probably do the most talking,” Wynonna, 57, began. “I’m doing this quickly because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic to be so broken and so blessed.”

The sisters also quoted Psalm 23, a common hymn for funeral services.

“My mum loved you so much – and I’m sorry she couldn’t make it through to this day,” a sobbing Ashley, 54, said to the crowd gathered to pay tribute to her mother and sister.

“Your appreciation for her and your appreciation for her really pierced her heart and it was your affection for her that has kept her going over the last few years and please come and watch pop,” the “Divergent -actress. “Pop” was her stepfather and Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MAY 1: Ashley Judd (CL) accepts the induction on behalf of Naomi Judd with Ricky Skaggs (L), inductee Wynonna Judd and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young onstage for the medallion ceremony of the Class of 2021 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 01, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)
Ashley and Wynonna Judd will accept the recording on behalf of their late mother, Naomi Judd, May 1 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
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“Even though this is so much about The Judds as a duo, I want to take a moment to recognize my sister, a GOAT,” she continued. Wynonna chimed in, “Even though my heart is broken, I will keep singing.”

All day before the ceremony, fans had gathered outside the museum, where a photo of Naomi at the entrance was surrounded by flowers to pay homage to her musical legacy.

Naomi’s death cast a dark shadow on the otherwise glorious event, but other country stars are still out to perform to honor the other contestants. In addition to The Judds, the event also commemorated Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake.

Ashley Judd, right, hugs Sister Wynonna Judd during the medallion ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
The sisters held each other close during the medallion ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
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Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill and many more took the stage to perform their legendary songs during the event.

Wynonna and Ashley announced their mother’s death on Saturday and shared the tragic news on social media.

“Today we sisters witnessed a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the illness of mental illness,” the pair said in a statement. “We are shaken. We navigate deep sorrow knowing that she was loved by her audience just as we loved her. We are in uncharted territory.”

Wynonna Judd pauses while speaking during the medallion ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
“I’m doing this quickly because my heart is broken and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic to be so broken and so blessed,” Wynonna sobbed during the introduction.
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The country crooner has been open about her mental health in the past and appeared on Good Morning America in 2016 to open up about her struggles. She revealed she had been dealing with “extreme” and “severe depression” that had kept her housebound.

The Judds had a string of hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including the Grammy-winning hits “Why Not Me”, “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)”.

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