Tears as The Judds are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame a day after Naomi Judd’s death

Ray Charles and The Judds inducted the Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony filled with tears, music and laughter just a day after Naomi Judd unexpectedly passed away.

The loss of Naomi Judd changed the usually solemn ceremony, but the music played on as the genre’s singers and musicians mourned the country legend while celebrating four newcomers: The Judds, Ray Charles, Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake.


Naomi Judd, left, and Wynonna Judd of The Judds perform in Las Vegas in 2011 (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill and more performed their hits at the ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

Naomi and Wynonna Judd were among the most popular duos of the 1980s, scoring 14 number one hits during their nearly three-decade career.

On the eve of her draft, the family said in a statement to the Associated Press that Naomi Judd had died at the age of 76 from “the disease of mental illness.”

Daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd tearfully accepted the dedication, holding each other tight and reciting a Bible verse together.


Wynonna Judd, second from right, stands next to The Judds’ induction plaque while sister Ashley Judd, left, looks on at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee (Image: Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

“I’m sorry she couldn’t make it through to this day,” Ashley Judd said of her mother while she cried.

Wynonna Judd spoke about the family reunion as they said goodbye to her and she and Ashley Judd recited Psalm 23.

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“Even though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing,” said Wynonna Judd.

Fans gathered in front of the museum, attracted by a bouquet of white flowers in front of the entrance and a small framed photo of Naomi Judd underneath.


A photo of Naomi Judd lies with a rose in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame (Image: Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

A single rose was placed on the floor.

Charles’ introduction showcased his cross-genre country releases that demonstrated country music’s commercial appeal.

The Georgia-born singer and pianist grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and released Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music in 1962, which became one of the best-selling country releases of its time.


Ray Charles sings America The Beautiful in the rain at Fenway Park in Boston in 2003 (Winslow Townson/AP)

Blinded and orphaned at a young age, Charles is best known for R&B, gospel and soul, but his decision to record country music changed the way the world thought about the genre and expanded audiences in the era of civil rights.

Charles’ version of I Can’t Stop Loving You topped the Billboard 100 chart for five weeks and remains one of his most popular songs.

He died in 2004.

Brooks sang Seven Spanish Angels, one of Charles’ hits with Willie Nelson, while Bettye LaVette performed I Can’t Stop Loving You.


Garth Brooks performs during the Country Music Hall of Fame medallion ceremony (Image: Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap said he met Charles when he was a young singer and that others tried to emulate Charles, but no one could match.

“There was one of him and only one,” Milsap said.

“He sang country music the way it should be sung.”

Charles is only the third black artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside Opry pioneers DeFord Bailey and Charley Pride.

“Mr. Charles always stood up for what he loved,” said Valerie Ervin, President of the Ray Charles Foundation.

“And country music was what he really, really loved.”

The Hall of Fame also inducted two recording musicians who were fundamental to so many country songs and singers: Eddie Bayers and Pete Drake.


Eddie Bayers speaks during the medallion ceremony in Nashville (Image: Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Bayers, a decades-long Nashville drummer who has worked on 300 platinum records, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry Band.

He has played regularly on records for The Judds, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney.

Bayers is the first drummer to join the institution.

Drake, who died in 1988, was a pedal steel guitarist and a member of Nashville’s A-Team of veteran session musicians, playing on hits like Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man and George Jones’ He Stopped Loving Her Today.

He is the first pedal steel guitarist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Drake is known for creating the Talkbox, a technology that allowed him to talk over his pedal steel guitar.


Rose Drake and John Drake are presented with the medallion for Pete Drake at the Country Music Hall of Fame (Image: Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

It was later widely adopted by artists such as Peter Frampton and many others.

His wife Rose said musicians like her husband deserved a place in music history.

“The musicians of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s created Nashville as a music city and we can’t afford to miss that,” said Rose Drake.

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