Celebrities, musicians react to Naomi Judd’s sudden death, Country Music Hall of Fame inductions go on as planned

Love is pouring in following the death of one of country music’s most iconic names.

Naomi Judd, who rose to stardom singing alongside her daughter Wynonna in the 1980s as the duo The Judds, died Saturday, April 30. She was 76, and one day away from being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Wynonna, who went by her first name upon starting a solo career, and her sister Ashley only said their mother died from the “disease of mental illness.” As soon as the announcement was made several country music and entertainment industry celebrities expressed their sadness and words on social media.




The Judds popular hits include “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” and “Love Can Build A Bridge.” In all the mother-daughter duo won five Grammy awards, were the Academy of Country Music’s best duo group from 1984 to 1990, and the 1984 recipient of the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award.

Earlier this year, Naomi and Wynonna performed together as The Judds for the first time in decades at the CMA Awards with an outdoor performance of “Love Can Build A Bridge.”

“This is really happening,” Wynonna said in between lyrics.

At the Country Music Hall of Fame inductions in Nashville May 1, Judd’s family asked that the ceremony proceed as planned. Ashley Judd addressed the crowd not only acknowledging her mother, but also Wynonna who officially received her hall of fame medallion that night.

Fellow hall of famer and Kentuckian Ricky Skaggs officially inducted The Judds to country music’s greatest honor. Skaggs, along with George Straight and Reba McEntire are credited for reviving the traditional country sound in the 1980s which paved the way for The Judds, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and many others well into the 1990s.

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