The Judds Reunite For First Televised Performance In 20 Years
The Judd are back! The legendary mother-daughter duo have reunited for the first time in more than two decades to perform their 1990 hit “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
The performance is scheduled to air as part of the CMT Awards on April 11. The Judds’ appearance was reportedly filmed in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame in late March, per fans who captured part of the performance.
The Judds’ reunion comes just before the iconic pair are set to be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in May, an honor long overdue. Mom, Naomi, and daughter, Wynonna signed their first record deal in 1983 and went on to become one of the most successful acts in country music history.
After Naomi was diagnoses with hepatitis C, the duo split in 1991. In the 8 short years that they were The Judds, the pair charted 14 No. 1 singles, including “Why Not Me,” “Turn It Loose,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” and “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain.” They earned 16 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, 5 Grammys, 9 CMA awards, and 7 ACM awards.
“Love Can Build a Bridge” was written by Naomi Judd along with Paul Overstreet and John Barlow Jarvis following Naomi’s hepatitis diagnosis. It was reportedly a goodbye letter to the singer’s fans at her retirement. Naomi and Wynonna performed the song together at the conclusion of their farewell concert just outside of Nashville on December 4, 1991.
The Judds have occasionally reunited following their split, including for a Last Encore Tour in 2010 and a Las Vegas residency in 2015. But, their upcoming CMT Awards performance is slated to be their first televised appearance in more than 20 years.
Tune in to CBS on Monday, April 11, at 7 p.m. CST.