Wynonna Judd Honored With The Country Champion Award at People’s Choice Country Awards
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In the first-ever People’s Choice Country Awards, none other than Wynonna Judd was honored with the inaugural Country Champion Award!
What are the People’s Choice Country Awards?
For the last 48 years, the People’s Choice Awards have taken place in Los Angeles, with fans voting for their favorite music artists, actors, TV shows, movies, and more. The demand for a country-specific must have been high because our favorite music genre got one! It aired on Thursday, September 28 at the Grand Ole Opry. The awards show was hosted by Little Big Town.
Wynonna Receives Huge Award
On September 8, it was announced that Wynonna Judd would be receiving the inaugural Country Champion Award.
Cassandra Tryon, senior vice president or live events for NBCUniversal Entertainment said in a statement, “Wynonna is one of the most recognized and lauded performers in country music. Not only is she incredibly talented, her selflessness and passion for putting the needs of others in the spotlight is unmatched. We can’t think of a better person to honor as our inaugural ‘Country Champion’ and to celebrate the holidays with across these two major country music events.”
The holidays that Tryon is talking about is the new holiday special, Christmas at the Opry. Wynonna has been selected to host it, and it films at the Opry on October 3rd. It will rival the annual CMA Country Christmas.
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Country Champion Award
At the People’s Choice Country Awards, Brothers Osborne presented Wynonna with the Country Champion Award. An emotional video montage played, showing bits and pieces of her decades-long career, including the incredibly hard time when her mother, Naomi Judd, passed away and how she pushed through her pain to put on an incredible tour that was dedicated to her mother.
After the montage, she dove into a performance of some her biggest songs.
In her acceptance speech, she spoke about how she shows up, and included a story about the day her mom committed suicide. The very next day, she showed up to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where she was being inducted into the Hall of Fame. “I know how to show up and show out,” she said.
Wynonna was given a standing ovation by the entire audience as she walked off the stage. Watch her acceptance speech below.