Country Music Hall of Fame medal ceremony to go ahead as planned

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Following news of Naomi Judd’s untimely passing a day before she and her daughter, Wynonna – The Judds – were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the organization has announced that, in accordance with the wishes of the Judd family , the museum will go ahead with the medal ceremony on Sunday, May 1.

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“The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum joins family and fans in mourning the sudden loss of Naomi Judd. In accordance with the wishes of the Judd family, the museum will move forward with the medal ceremony on Sunday. May 1, Wynonna planning to be in attendance,” Hall noted via a brief statement.

Public red carpet arrivals have been canceled for the event, which will honor The Judds, Eddie Bayers, Ray Charles and Pete Drake.

In a longer press release issued late in the evening of April 30, Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Naomi Judd, who enters tomorrow at the Country Music Hall of Fame. as a member of mother-daughter duo The Judds. Naomi overcame incredible adversity on her way to a place of prominence in music history. Her triumphant life story eclipses the news tragedies of today. Her family has requested that we continue with The Judds’ official Hall of Fame induction on Sunday. We will do so with heavy hearts and weighted minds. The music of Naomi and her daughter Wynonna will endure. “

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