The Judds inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame a day after the death of Naomi Judd

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Country music stars Naomi and Wynonna Judd, known as The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday evening, just a day after the unexpected death of Naomi Judd.

The induction ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, was filled with tears, music and laughter as country music’s biggest stars mourned the loss of Naomi Judd while honoring the four inductees. Ray Charles, Eddie Bayes and Pete Drake joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in addition to The Judds. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill and more performed their hit songs.

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Wynonna Judd, second from right, stands next to the Judds induction plaque as sister Ashley Judd, left, Ricky Skaggs, and MC Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Gaze from the museum during the medal ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 1, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Naomi’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd accepted their late mother’s enthronement amid tears, holding each other and reciting a Bible verse.

“I’m sorry she couldn’t hold on until today,” Ashley Judd said of her mother to the crowd as she cried. The sisters then recited Psalm 23.

“Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing,” Wynonna Judd said.

Fans also gathered outside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to honor the music icon. A small framed photo of Naomi Judd was placed on the floor, alongside a single rose.

NAOMI JUDD, GONE AT 76, WRITTEN ABOUT HER MENTAL ILLNESS IN A RECENT BOOK

A photograph of Naomi Judd poses with a rose outside the Country Music Hall of Fame before the medal ceremony Sunday, May 1, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
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A photograph of Naomi Judd poses with a rose outside the Country Music Hall of Fame before the medal ceremony Sunday, May 1, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Wynonna and Ashley Judd announced the death of their mother at the age of 76 on Saturday with a statement posted on social media. He said: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are broken. We navigate deep grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We’re in uncharted territory.”

NAOMI JUDD “SHINED A LIGHT INTO DARK CORNERS” ABOUT DEPRESSION

Naomi and Wynonna Judd were among the most popular duos of the 1980s, scoring 14 No. 1 hits during their nearly three-decade career. The Judds’ hits include “Love Can Build a Bridge” in 1990, “Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984, “Why Not Me” in 1984, “Turn It Loose” in 1988, “Girls Night Out” in 1985, “Rockin’ To the rhythm of the rain” in 1986 and “Grandfather” in 1986.

Recording artists Naomi Judd (L) and Wynonna Judd perform at the launch of their nine-show residency "Girls' night" at The Venetian Las Vegas on October 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Artists Naomi Judd (L) and Wynonna Judd perform during the launch of their nine-show residency ‘Girls Night Out’ at The Venetian Las Vegas on October 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Before her death, the Grammy Award-winning artist released a memoir that detailed her battle with mental illness. “River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope” was released in 2016 by Hachette/Center Street.

In the book, Naomi Judd described feeling “the weight like a rock of my treatment-resistant severe depression and my terrifying panic attacks”. She described how being diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1990 changed her life. She said doctors gave her just three years to live after contracting the virus while working as a nurse, “before the Judds took off”. She was declared free of the disease in 1995.

Even after his recovery, Judd continued to struggle with mental illness, writing, “I had plenty of reason to jump out of bed every morning. I didn’t expect that just a few months after the Encore tour [in 2010] finished, I would feel like I had every reason to jump off a bridge to end my tortured existence. She also wrote that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following “traumatic events” in her life.

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(L-R) Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd attend the 2022 CMT Music Awards.

(L-R) Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd attend the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT)

Naomi and Wynonna Judd had just announced an arena tour that would begin in the fall, their first tour together in over a decade. They also made a return to awards shows when they performed at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month.

The Associated Press and Maureen Mackey of Fox News contributed to this report.

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