The Judds Wynonna and Naomi Share Emotional Moment During Hall of Fame Exhibit Opening

The Judds Wynonna and Naomi
Photo by Derrick Kupish

It was a long overdue reunion of The Judds, Naomi and Wynonna, as the ladies came together in honor of their Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit dubbed The Judds: Dream Chasers.

Friends, Family and and industry gathered in the the Hall’s rotunda Wednesday night (Aug. 7) to celebrate the life and career of the mother -daughter team, who ruled 80’s country music with songs like “Why Not Me,” “Grandpa,” “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Love is Alive.”

Fans can take a walk down memory lane as the exhibit follows the popular duo from their mother-and-child beginnings, from (mother) Diana Judd and (daughter) Christina Ciminella to their chart-topping career peak as one of the most successful duos in country music.

As the night began, Naomi took the stage first, thanking the Hall of Fame for the exhibit and recalling her habit of saving memorabilia

“I think the exhibit is remarkable and reminds everyone to hold onto moments from their own life,” Naomi said. “We live in such a digital age, but report cards, handwritten notes and awards, even if it’s a sports trophy from school, are important to hold onto. It’s our history. Our lives were changed forever when we signed to RCA Records and we’re incredibly thankful for the Hall of Fame to tell our story through these items.”

After introducing her daughter, Wynonna to the stage, things got emotional when Wynonna revealed she had been crying all day. The banter we’ve come to love between mother and daughter is still alive and well. While the duo had the crowd laughing out loud, there were tender moments to be shared.

“You and I have been through so much together and we made it. We actually made it and we did it together. I remember, and I’ll close with this, the most tender moment, there were a few, came when you took my hand and you said, I don’t know if you remember this, you took my hand and you looked at me and you said, ‘my life has been better because of you,'” Wynonna said through tears as Naomi looked on. “And it’s been a crazy ride. It’s just a crazy ride and we made it—and it’s a miracle. God is so good and He’s been so gracious and I don’t know why. But I know who and He’s been in control of this whole thing.”

In true Wynonna fashion, she ended in a joke saying, “I mean how did we find Brett and Dawn, how did we find, how did we find something to match your outfits.” The audience erupted in laughter and for that short moment, Wynonna and Naomi were back.


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