Photo: Ken Hackman

Ashley + Wynonna Judd Honor Naomi Judd In Memorial Event

Ashley and Wynonna Judd honored their late mother Naomi Judd during Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration, a televised memorial concert on Sunday (5.15.)

The famous actress started the CMT broadcast at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville by delivering a eulogy to her mother, who died on April 30 at the age of 76.

“Welcome to the mother church of country music, this is where mom wanted her public celebration to take place and thank you for being in community and in fellowship with us,” Ashley told the audience. “Because we can pretend to care, but we cannot pretend to show up. Thank you for showing up for our mom.” “The result is that we are here tonight remembering an icon and legend who left country music better than she found it. Since the 30th of April, we have been remembering the complex and dynamic life of our mother and story. She was every woman, perhaps, this is why everyone felt they knew her.” “She was Mamaw to her grandchildren, Elijah and Grace, and to my chosen family, and she was totally extraordinary. The five-time Grammy Award winner, the multi-platinum artist, the Hall of Famer who was lauded by millions and tonight we remember her in song.”

Wynonna, who performed alongside Naomi as The Judds, started the performances by singing the duo’s famous song ‘River of Time,’ followed by ‘Love Can Build a Bridge’ and a Brandi Carlile-duet rendition of ‘The Rose’ later in the show.

Naomi’s musical daughter also revealed that The Judds’ Tour will go on without her musical partner, saying, “I’ve made a decision, and I thought I’d share it on national television: that after a lot of thought, I’m going to have to honour her and do this tour. I’m just going to have to. Because that’s what you would want.” 

The tributary event was hosted by Robin Roberts, and featured additional performances by Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, and Little Big Town with video messages from Bono, Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek, Reese Witherspoon, and Morgan Freeman.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Ken Hackman – Public