Wynonna broken and blessed at Country Music Hall of Fame, 1 day after mother Naomi Judd's death

'It’s a very strange dynamic'
Wynonna Judd, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis and Mary Davis
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Just one day after losing their mother, Naomi Judd, daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd attended the previously scheduled induction ceremony for The Judds at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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According to a statement from Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young, the Judd family asked that the ceremony go on as planned.

"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 Judds]," he shared on April 28 via social media. “Her family has asked that we continue with The Judds' Hall of Fame induction Sunday. We will do so, with heavy hearts."

During the emotional medallion ceremony on Sunday night, Wynonna and Ashley took the stage hand in hand to speak a few words honoring their mother.

"I'm sorry that she couldn't hang on until today," Ashley said through tears before Wynonna added, “Though my heart's broken, I will continue to sing, because that's what we do.”

The sisters concluded by reading Psalm 23 from the Bible.

Ashely and Wynonna informed fans of their mother’s passing Saturday afternoon with the following statement on social media:

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. 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.”

Naomi and Wynonna recently appeared on the CMT Music Awards for their first performance together in 20 years. The pair sang their song, "Love Can Build a Bridge.” The duo was also readying to embark on a final tour beginning in the Fall.

Across their nearly three-decade career, the mother-daughter duo earned 14 #1 songs as a result of their six studio albums.

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