Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town Tribute the Late Naomi Judd with Emotional Performance
Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town honored the late Naomi Judd during The Bandwagon Tour kickoff on Friday, May 6,…
Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Naomi Judd; Photos via Instagram
A fan captured the country superstars delivering a heartfelt tribute performance and shared it on Instagram.
In the clip, Lambert and Little Big Town, comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook, are seen singing The Judds’ “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days),” a track from the award-winning duo’s second studio album, Rockin’ with the Rhythm.
As their performance came to a close, the lights went down and the singers appeared as silhouettes in front of a photo of the late Country Music Hall of Fame member.
“Did lovers really fall in love to stay / And stand beside each other, come what may? / Was a promise really something people kept / Not just something they would say / Did families really bow their heads to pray? / Did daddies really never go away? / Oh, grandpa, tell me ’bout the good old days,” Lambert and the award-winning quartet sang on the track’s chorus.
Watch the heartfelt tribute performance below.
Upon hearing the news of Naomi’s tragic death, Lambert took to social media to mourn the loss of the late Judds’ singer and shared that she was “heartbroken” to learn of her passing.
“I’m thankful I got to spend just a little time with you Naomi. True legend,” Lambert wrote. “Praying for peace for this family. Rest easy. 💔”
Naomi Judd passed away at the age of 76 on Saturday (April 30), shocking the country music community.
Her passing was revealed on social media in a statement from her daughters. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement read. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”
The unfortunate news comes just weeks after Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd reunited for a performance of “Love Can Build A Bridge” at the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
Their performance coincided with the announcement of The Judds’ farewell tour, which was set to kick off on September 30 and hit 10 cities with support from Martina McBride.
The mother-daughter 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.”
After rising to fame, the iconic country duo broke up in 1991 after Doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis c.
In addition to her celebrated music career, Naomi was also an actress, having appeared in several TV movies and TV series.
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