Despite the death of Naomi Judd Saturday, the Country Music Hall of Fame announced the Medallion Ceremony will continue as planned, per her family’s wishes.
Naomi Judd and her daughter Wynonna are to be inducted into the hall during the ceremony Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. Wynonna is expected to attend.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young issued a statement Saturday evening commemorating the legacy of Naomi Judd.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Naomi Judd, who enters the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow as a member of mother-daughter duo The Judds,” Young said. “Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a significant place in music history. Her triumphant life story overshadows today's tragic news. Her family has asked that we continue with The Judds' official Hall of Fame induction on Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts and weighted minds. Naomi and daughter Wynonna's music will endure."
"We are shocked and saddened by the death of Naomi Judd, who enters the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow as a member of the @juddsofficial. Her family has asked that we continue with the Judds' Hall of Fame induction Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts."— Country Music HOF (@countrymusichof) May 1, 2022
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While the ceremony will proceed, the hall announced late Saturday that the public red carpets will be canceled.
UPDATE: Out of respect for the passing of Naomi Judd, the Country Music Hall of Fame Red Carpet Experience is canceled tomorrow.— Country Music HOF (@countrymusichof) May 1, 2022
In addition to the Judds’ induction, Eddie Bayers, a drummer who played for many of the Judd albums, Ray Charles, and Pete Drake, will be inducted.
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Naomi and Wynonna Judd most recently performed "Love Can Build a Bridge" at the CMT Music Awards.
They were preparing for what was said to be their final tour, set to start in September.
Naomi Judd was 76.