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Naomi Judd Reflects on the Time She Won Her 1st 'Best Country Performance' Grammy Award in 1984

Bettina Dizon
Mar 17, 2021
06:50 A.M.

Naomi Judd recalls her time winning a Grammy Award alongside her daughter, Wynonna, who together formed the duo, The Judds.

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The Judd family is full of incredibly talented women, from the family matriarch, Naomi, down to her daughter and singing partner, Wynonna, and her other child, actress Ashley.

Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna, saw the peak of their fame as country stars in the ‘80s. Similarly, Ashley found success as an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress.

Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd during ACM Presents: Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country concert held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd during ACM Presents: Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country concert held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images

REMEMBERING HER GRAMMY

In 1984, the singing duo, The Judds, won their first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for their hit song, “Mama He’s Crazy.” During an interview, Naomi revealed:

“Wynonna and I both said the same thing, that it felt like we were in a car crash cause it happened so fast it was life-changing.”

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The 75-year-old quipped that she thought their win was a mistake as the pair did not expect any recognition. The next few years saw the same success for The Judds.

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GETTING RECOGNIZED

The following year, Naomi and Wynonna bagged another Grammy for their song, “Why Not Me,” under the same category. In 1986, they won another award for “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days).”

The actress was transported to an ICU Trauma Unit in South Africa as Congo’s medical facilities do not have the equipment to cater to such injuries.

Although they were not awarded in 1987, The Judds made an incredible comeback in 1988 with another Grammy win for “Give A Little Love.” Three years later, the pair won their fifth award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Country Song.

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RETIRING FROM THE INDUSTRY

In 1990, Naomi shocked her fans as she announced her retirement at 44 due to a possibly fatal disease. She was diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

However, her daughter, and the other half of The Judds, continued a solo career. During a previous interview, Naomi revealed what stopped her from pursuing her passion. She said:

“I have always told Wy and our fans the only thing that could stop me from this career that I so desperately love is my health."

Naomi Judd during the "Varney & Co" at Fox News Channel Studios on December 8, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Naomi Judd during the "Varney & Co" at Fox News Channel Studios on December 8, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

ASHLEY’S ACCIDENT

Recently, Naomi’s daughter, Ashley, met a terrible accident that almost cost her mobility while on a trip to Congo to study the endangered bonobo tribe in hopes to let the world know of their poor health conditions.

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The actress was transported to an ICU Trauma Unit in South Africa as Congo’s medical facilities do not have the equipment to cater to such injuries.

What had happened further demonstrated the poverty in Congo and the quality of living as people have no proper access to water, electricity, and medicines needed during emergencies.

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