Calling Naomi one of the “absolute pillars of country music,” Carly talked idolizing the mother-daughter duo as a young girl growing up in The Judds’ home state of Kentucky:
“My first concert was to see Wynonna. And I’ve always loved all of the music that The Judds made, and just feel like it is such a representation of the best of country music.”
She then welcomed Wynonna onstage to a roar from the Nissan Stadium crowd, welcoming the legend back to the stage for the first time since she performed at her mother’s memorial last month.
And as she left the stage after taking in the applause from the crowd, Wynonna had a message for those in the stadium:
“I love you. We need more celebration. Thank you for tonight.”
What an incredible moment – for Carly and for everybody else in the stadium.
Carly Pearce Honors The Judds During Country Music Hall Of Fame Induction With Cover Of Their Hit “Grandpa (Tell Me Bout the Good Ole Days)”
At the request of the family,the Medallion Ceremony for The Judds went on as planned after Naomi’s tragic passing. And Carly took the stage during the ceremony to sing one of The Judds hits, honoring the iconic mother-daughter duo with a stunning rendition of “Grandpa (Tell Me Bout the Good Ole Days).”
Originally written by Jamie O’Hara, the song was released in 1986 as the second single from their 1985 album Rockin’ with the Rhythm, and eventually peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Carly is a Kentucky native just like Naomi and Wynonna, and delivered a poignant and moving rendition of a beautiful song with a perfect performance:
She also posted a sweet tribute to The Judds on her own Instagram page with her thoughts on how much it meant to her to be apart of the special occasion:
“A few months ago, the Country Music Hall of Fame called me to ask if I would be a surprise musical guest honoring The Judds for their induction ceremony. I’ve loved them my whole life, so this was such exciting news.
Last night was one of the most emotional experiences I have ever had in my life… singing “Grandpa” in light of such tragic loss, looking in the eyes of Naomi’s beautiful daughters. I am forever grateful & send Wynonna and Ashley all my love. Long live the Judds.”