Wynonna Judd honors late mom Naomi at CMT Awards: I miss you and I love you

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Wynonna Judd paid tribute to her late mom, Naomi Judd, at the 2023 CMT Awards.

“Mama, you need to be here, and I miss you, and I love you and I don’t understand,” the singer said as she pointed to the sky while performing “I Want to Know What Your Love Is” with Ashley McBryde on Sunday.

The 57th annual awards ceremony was an extra emotional one for Wynonna, as the 2022 show was the last public event Naomi attended before she died by suicide.

“It’s an anniversary and we all have anniversaries. I’m not terminally unique,” Wynonna, 58, told Entertainment Tonight backstage. “We all have something that we look at and go what the hell? What’s going on? I don’t understand and that was my ‘I don’t understand.’”

The “Mama He’s Crazy” singer added that it’s been a “bittersweet time” for her, since the anniversary of her mom’s death rolls around the same time as her granddaughter, Kaliyah, turns a year old.

“I’ve got both agony and ecstasy happening,” Wynonna shared.

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Wynonna has been coping with her her loss in several ways, including being on the road for tour and writing a new song, “Broken and Blessed,” inspired by her mom.

“‘I’m somewhere between hell and hallelujah’ is one of the lines in it,” she told ET in January. “I struggle. And I think when I struggle, I say it onstage.”

As previously reported, Naomi was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 30, just one day before the Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna previously shared that she knew something was off about her mom, who had a long history of mental health issues.

“I knew something wasn’t right in terms of her being off a little bit, a bit nervous,” she said.

However, in Naomi’s suicide note, she called Wynonna “mentally ill” and requested she not come to her funeral.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

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