Ashley and Wynonna Judd pay tribute to mother Naomi at star-studded event

Ashley and Wynonna Judd took the stage at CMT’s Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration Sunday to honor their late mother, Naomi Judd, who died by suicide on April 30. It was a star-studded event, with Reba McEntire, Morgan Freeman and Oprah Winfrey, among others, sharing memories and sending well-wishes to the family.

“We just wanted to say a brief moment for the fans,” Ashley said. “We thank you, and mom loved you, and all of the beautiful cards that you’re sending are getting through to us.”

Though it was a solemn occasion, Wynonna brought a bit of levity to the room.

“Let’s talk about what a salty, single mama she was,” Wynonna said. “Enough of this love stuff. Let’s get real. She could be evil. She put us in the back of a U-Haul-It from Kentucky to California.”

Though the grief was palpable, Wynonna stuck with the humor, invoking the decades she spent touring and performing with her mother.

“She was a little wacky, but she loved us,” Ashley said, “and those were just some of the things we wanted the opportunity to share with you tonight.” “Ya know, she’s up here being too nice because, ya know, she didn’t share a bus with her. I did,” Wynonna said. “Everything you say is so beautiful. I love you, sorry.”

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- We just wanted to say a brief moment for the fans. We thank you, and mom loved you, and all of the beautiful cards that you're sending are getting through to us.

KYLIE MAR: On Sunday night, CMT paid tribute to The Late country singer Naomi Judd, who recently died by suicide after a long battle with mental illness. Though it was a solemn occasion, as Ashley and Wynonna honored their mother's memory, Wynonna brought a moment of levity.

- Let's talk about what a salty single mama she was. Enough of this love stuff. Let's get real. She could be evil. She put us in the back of a U-Haul it from Kentucky to California.

KYLIE MAR: It was a star-studded event with Reba McEntire, Morgan Freeman, and Oprah Winfrey among others, sharing memories and sending well-wishes to the family. And Wynonna was grateful for the celebration of Naomi's life.

- We love her so much. We're going to have to have another special. CMT has given us an hour. Thank you, CMT, but we're going to have to extend this love fest, aren't we? Fans, thank you for everything.

KYLIE MAR: And sticking with the levity, Wynonna invoked the decades she spent touring and performing with her mother.

- She was a little wacky, but she loved us, and those were just some of the things that we wanted the opportunity to share with you.

- She's up here being so nice because she didn't share a bus with her. I did. Everything you say is so beautiful. I love you. Sorry.

- It's OK.

- But this is my house.

- Bye!