NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Wynonna Judd says though her heart is broken, she “will continue to sing.” She joined sister Ashley Judd in Nashville last night at a ceremony for the induction of The Judds into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The event came a day after the family put out word that Naomi Judd had died. A statement says she died Saturday from “the disease of mental illness,” but provided no details.
The death added a somber note to the induction ceremony.
As Wynonna and Ashley Judd accepted the honor, they shed tears as they held each other and read the 23rd Psalm.
But music went on, despite the sadness.
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill and others performed hit songs by The Judds and other inductees, Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake.
One thing Naomi Judd was proud of was how The Judds had built something from nothing.
Judd said in a 1993 AP interview she had been a single mom, on welfare, in bad relationships and even shot at.
She and her daughter, Wynonna, proved it did not take a lot of money to get noticed in Nashville.
The Judds had 14 number-one country hits, including “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Girls Night Out.”
The Judds won five Grammys together, and Naomi Judd won a sixth for writing “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
They had reunited to perform that song at the CMT Awards just three weeks ago.
Wynonna and her sister, actor Ashley Judd, announced their mother’s death on Saturday at the age of 76.