BREAKING: Wynonna Judd To Embark On The Judds’ Final Tour In Honor Of Her Late Mother, Naomi Judd
Wynonna Judd will embark on The Judds’ final tour in honor of her late mother, Naomi Judd. The news was…
Wynonna Judd; Photo by Getty Images For Country Music Hall Of Fame
Wynonna Judd will embark on The Judds’ final tour in honor of her late mother, Naomi Judd.
The news was revealed on Sunday afternoon during Naomi Judd’s public memorial service hosted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and held at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium.
According to several social media posts from those who attended the memorial celebration, Wynonna revealed the news on stage during the ceremony.
The service, NAOMI JUDD: A RIVER OF TIME CELEBRATION, was hosted by Carly Pearce and Cody Alan for CMT. It aired commercial-free on CMT on Sunday evening and featured performances by Ashley McBryde, Brad Paisley, Brandi Carlile, Carly Pearce, Emmylou Harris & Allison Russell, Gaither Vocal Band, Jamey Johnson, and Little Big Town.
Ashley Judd, Wynonna Judd, and Naomi’s husband, Larry Strickland spoke at the event as did Martina McBride.
Bette Midler, Bono, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Reba McEntire, Reese Witherspoon, and Salma Hayek shared special messages in honor of the late country music icon.
The Judds final tour was announced in April and was set to be the duo’s first tour in over a decade. The tour was set to consist of 10 stops and feature special guest Martina McBride. It is unclear if there will be any changes to the currently announced tour, however, it is set to kick off on September 30 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Shortly after the tour announcement, The Judds made their return at the CMT Awards Monday night, where they performed their chart-topping hit, “Love Can Build A Bridge,” with the iconic Country Music Hall of Fame behind them.
The performance was tragically their last as Naomi passed away on April 30 at the age of 76. She died just one day before The Judds were set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Judd Family requested that the induction continue as planned and The Judds were officially inducted during a tearful moment at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theather.
Wynonna and Ashley were there to honor their late mother.
“My mama loved you so much and she appreciated your love for her, and I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley emotionally told the crowd.
“Your esteem for you and your regard for her really penetrated her heart and it was your affection for her that did keep her going in these last years. And please come see pop, please do come see him,” Ashley continued. “And while this is so much about The Judds as a duo, I wanted to take a moment to recognize my sister, a G.O.A.T.”
Wynonna admitted she was going to keep her speech brief and said that she was feeling a range of emotions.
“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mom would probably talk the most,” the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee said. “I’m gonna make this fast, because my heart’s broken, and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be this broken and this blessed.”
“You all know that I’m all about the songs. The music. I could give a rip, really, about the rest, because it all comes and goes,” Wynonna explained, adding, “Though my heart’s broken, I will continue to sing, because that’s what we do.”
Ashley and Wynonna recited Psalm 23 as they bid farewell to Noami.
The upcoming tour was set to be a celebration of The Judds’ career. The duo earned 14 No. 1 hits during their career that spanned nearly three decades, including “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” “Turn It Loose,” “Girls Night Out,” “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa.”
The Judds toured in the ’80s where they had a catalog of twenty Top 10 hits, 20 million-plus albums sold, a combined 16 Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum albums, and The Judds Greatest Hits.
Since launching their career in 1983, the duo went on to release six studio albums and an EP. The superstar pair have also won several awards, including nine CMA Awards, seven Academy Of Country Music Awards and five GRAMMY Awards for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love.”
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