Wynonna Judd expected to attend Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony following Naomi Judd's death
- The Country Music Hall of Fame will go on with its induction ceremony after the death of Naomi Judd.
- The Grammy Award-winning singer is set to be inducted Sunday with her daughter Wynonna Judd.
The Country Music Hall of Fame will proceed with its medallion ceremony Sunday following the death of famed singer Naomi Judd on Saturday, according to a statement shared with Insider by Hall of Fame and Museum CEO, Kyle Young.
A representative for the Country Music Hall of Fame told Billboard that Wynonna is still expected to attend the ceremony. The outlet also reports that public red carpet arrivals for the event have been canceled.
Naomi and her daughter Wynonna will be inducted as The Judds at this year's ceremony. The 76-year-old was also the mother of actress Ashley Judd. She raised both of her daughters as a single parent and would go on to earn five Grammys and nine nominations with Wynonna.
Young's statement revealed that Judd's family requested the ceremony continue in light of Naomi's passing.
"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…Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a significant place in music history," the statement reads. "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."
Naomi passed away from "the disease of mental illness," according to a statement her daughters gave the Associated Press. The statement, also shared by Ashley on Instagram, did not elaborate further on the cause of death.
The Judds' last performance together came at the CMT Music Awards on April 11, where they performed their hit song "Love Can Build a Bridge."
The Judds announced in April that they would return for their first tour in over a decade with singer Martina McBride. Called "The Final Tour," the 10-show excursion was set to kick off on September 3o.
In addition to The Judds, singer-songwriter Ray Charles, drummer Eddie Bayers, and producer Pete Drake will also be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday.
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