Keith Urban honored the late Naomi Judd during his headlining performance on Tuesday May 3 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester, England.
The country superstar andwild heartsThe singer took to social media to share the heartfelt performance with the country music community, who were also mourning the loss of The Judds singer.
“Naomi Judd has sown so many important seeds during her precious time here. Here is one of many. Across the world in Manchester tonight, they were all singing ‘Love Can Build A Bridge,'” Urban captioned the clip. “Thank you, Noémie. We love you.”
The New Zealand-born Australian musician kicked off his touching tribute performance with a heartfelt message, remembering the late country icon.
“I want to send a quick and very heartfelt acknowledgment to the late, great, very influential, Naomi Judd,” the country hitmaker told the crowd. “What the Judds did was amazing in the 80s and she was the queen, the matriarch of it all and she wrote this song, which is amazing.”
While strumming his guitar, Urban began singing the tune in front of a huge crowd, who joined Urban in singing in honor of the late new Country Music Hall of Famer.
“Rest in peace Naomi, we love you,” Urban concluded.
Watch the emotional tribute performance below.
Naomi Judd died at the age of 76 on Saturday April 30, shocking the country music community.
His passing was revealed on social media in a statement from his daughters. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our mother-in-law to mental illness,” the statement read. “We are broken. We navigate deep mourning and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her audience. We are in uncharted territory.
The unfortunate news comes just weeks after Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd reunited for a performance of ‘Love Can Build A Bridge’ at the CMT Music Awards 2022.
Their performance coincided with the announcement of The Judds’ farewell tour, which was set to kick off September 30 and hit 10 cities with support from Martina McBride.
The mother-daughter duo had 14 No. 1 hits in their nearly three-decade career, including “Love Can Build a Bridge”, “Mama He’s Crazy”, “Why Not Me”, “Turn It Loose “, “Girls Night”. Out”, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” and “Grandpa”.
The Judds toured through the ’80s where they had a catalog of twenty Top 10 hits, over 20 million albums sold, 16 combined gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and The Judds The biggest hits.
Since launching their career in 1983, the duo have released six studio albums and one EP. The superstar pair have also won multiple awards, including nine CMA Awards, seven Academy Of Country Music Awards and five GRAMMY Awards for hits like “Why Not Me” and “Give A Little Love.”
After rising to fame, the iconic country duo split in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi with hepatitis c.
In addition to her famous music career, Naomi was also an actress, having starred in several TV movies and TV series.
On May 1, Wynonna Judd accepted the high honor of inducting the Judds into the Country Music Hall of Fame with her sister, Ashley, at her side. While appearing at the event, the sisters honored their late mother with a tearful speech and reciting a Bible verse.
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