Fellow country musicians are mourning the death of Grammy Award-winning singer Naomi Judd, whose daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd confirmed her death April 30. She was 76.
Naomi Judd was the mother portion of the mother-daughter music duo The Judds, Wynonna being the other half, as the two scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades, rising to the top of country music before calling it quits in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis.
"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered," Ashley Judd wrote on Twitter. "We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory."
"I want to send a quick and very heartfelt acknowledgment out to the late great, very influential Naomi Judd," Urban told the audience. "What The Judds did was astounding through the '80s, and she was the queen and the matriarch of it all. And she wrote this song, which is pretty amazing."
Urban also shared a video of his acoustic rendition on Instagram, writing: "Naomi Judd sowed so many important seeds in her precious time here. Here’s one of the many. On the other side of the world in Manchester tonight they were all singing 'Love Can Build A Bridge.' Thank you Naomi. We love you."
Following news of Naomi Judd's death, many stars took to Twitter to share their fond memories and to mourn the loss of a country music legend, who was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame on Sunday.
"Rest In Peace, Naomi Judd. Honored to have witnessed 'Love Can Build a Bridge' just a few short weeks ago," country singer Maren Morris wrote on Twitter, referring to the performance The Judds gave during the CMT Awards on April 11.
"Country music lost a true legend … sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today," Carrie Underwood wrote.
"So sad at the loss of my friend," Billy Ray Cyrus tweeted, sharing a photo of himself, Judd and Randy Travis. "As a fellow Kentuckian, my hats off in honor of the legacy of music she shared with the world and the doors she opened for so many others like me."
"Cannot believe my girlfriend and longtime buddy Naomi is gone," Tanya Tucker wrote in a statement shared with USA TODAY. "We’ve known each other for years and she always treated me with class, grace and pure kindness. I’m going to miss her so much." Later, Tucker tweeted that Judd's death was "the biggest hurdle" her daughters would ever have. "It brings tears to my heart. Rest easy angel!"
Tim McGraw sent his "love and prayers" to Judd's daughters Wynonna and Ashley: "We grieve with you and so many others."
"Long live The Judds," wrote Carly Pearce on Twitter.
Larry Gatlin wrote: "There's style and there's class. Very few people have both. Naomi Judd was one of those very few people. I loved her and I miss her."
Ricky Skaggs said he was thinking of the weekend's Hall of Fame induction for The Judds and "how excited they must be feeling when I received the news of Naomi's passing."
"It hit me so hard, & I could hardly believe it," Skaggs added.
Loretta Lynn remembered her "fellow Kentucky girl" as "an amazing singer. There are no words."
"Country music will never be the same," Trisha Yearwood tweeted. "Love one another."
Added LeAnn Rimes: "Truly a heartbreaking day."
Travis Tritt wrote: "Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I had the honor of working with her in movies and numerous musical events. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to her family."
"I am absolutely heartsick to hear the news about Naomi Judd," Ty Herndon wrote on Twitter. "My heart and my prayers go out to Wynonna, Ashley Judd, and all of us friends and fans who loved and respected her so much."
Herndon added: "She is irreplaceable — a country music legend will never be forgotten."
Clint Black wrote: "Terribly saddened to hear of Naomi’s passing. We will be sending up prayers for the strength and peace of mind her family will need to endure this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Naomi."
"She was always so kind to me when we were at events together," Evans continued. "I grew up on The Judds and their music had a huge influence on me! Praying for the whole family."
The Oak Ridge Boys wrote they were "saddened beyond words."
"Oh Sweet Jesus... Naomi Judd has gone home ... the day before the Judds @countrymusichof induction," they wrote on their official Twitter account.
The Academy of Country Music recognized Naomi Judd in a tweet Saturday writing, "The Academy is deeply saddened by the heartbreaking news this afternoon of Naomi Judd's passing."
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Singer/songwriter Lee Greenwood shared a few photos of Naomi Judd, writing of "so many memories … from our early years on stage around the country, award shows to recent neighborly encounters at church or around our town of Franklin."
"I am speechless & so sad!" Greenwood continued. "My prayers go out to Wynonna, Ashley & the rest of her family.God bless you."
Hoda Kotb remembered times Naomi Judd joined her on the "Today" show: "So saddened by this news. (Kathie Lee Gifford) and i treasured the moments we shared with her on our show. One of a kind."
"Naomi Judd so sad to hear this news. Thinking of all of her family & friends. Tough day for country music," country singer Cole Swindell wrote.
"Back in 2003 Naomi Judd was a judge on Star search," Loni Love recalled on social media. "She gave me a perfect score and that changed my life. Thank you Ms. Judd."
Love continued: "She was a lovely woman and now the world is a little less bright without her. Condolences to her family and fans. Especially Wynonna and Ashley."
Crystal Gayle wrote she was "deeply saddened" by the loss of her fellow Kentuckian and friend. "Naomi was always so special to be with. She accomplished so much and she will be missed and loved forever. My prayers go out to Naomi and her family," Gayle wrote.
Kristin Chenoweth wrote she had the "honor" of meeting Naomi Judd years ago, calling her "so incredibly kind."
"Sending love and prayers to Wynonna, Ashley, and the whole Judd family during this time. I never thought she’d go," Chenoweth continued.
"I loved Naomi Judd. Among her many talents, she was just so much fun, a great storyteller and a wonderful spirit," Andy Cohen wrote.
John Rich shared on Twitter he was "so very sad" to hear of Naomi Judd's passing.
"I had the great honor of knowing her, and she was no doubt one of the most iconic entertainers ever to make country music," he wrote.
Singer/songwriter and former television host Bill Anderson shared on Twitter he was "shocked and saddened along with the rest of our country music community over the passing of Naomi Judd."
"I'll never forget meeting her for the first time when she was a contestant on a TV game show I was hosting," he recalled. "I asked her to identify herself for the audience and she said, 'My name is Naomi Judd and I am a nurse from Franklin Tennessee. My daughter and I sing together and someday we hope to make it in country music.'"
Anderson added: "I was looking so forward to recalling that moment with her Sunday when and Wynonna were to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was one of a kind and will certainly be missed."
Contributing: Edward Segarra, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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