The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will continue their medallion ceremony as scheduled Sunday night (May 1) in Nashville following the death on Saturday (April 30) of Naomi Judd, who was scheduled to be inducted along with her daughter Wynonna when The Judds.
Wynonna Judd is expected to attend the ceremony, according to a Country Music Hall of Fame official.
Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, added in a statement: “We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Naomi Judd, who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow as a member of mother-daughter duo The Judds… Naomi has overcome incredible adversity on her way to a significant place in music history. Her triumphant life story overshadows today’s tragic news. Her family has requested that we proceed with the official induction of The Judds Hall of Fame on Sunday. We will do this with heavy hearts and weighted minds. Naomi and daughter Wynonna’s music will endure.”
The other recruits are Eddie Bayers, who played on many of the Judds records, Ray Charles and Pete Drake.
That Public red carpet arrivals have been cancelled.
Naomi Judd died Saturday of “the disease of mental illness,” Wynonna and her sister Ashley Judd released in a statement The Associated Press. The Judds were also planning a new fall tour, their first outing in more than a decade.
On Sunday they will be honored as the most successful female duo in country music. They won five Grammy Awards and 14 No. 1s further billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, including “Mama, He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me,” and “Girls Night Out.”
The duo stopped touring in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis C. She had also been open about her depression over the years.
Naomi and Wynonna last performed together at the CMT Music Awards on April 11, singing “Love Can Build a Bridge” with a gospel choir.