It’s the duo’s first nationally televised award show performance in 20+ years
CMT has announced five-time GRAMMY-winning iconic duo, The Judds, will reunite for the first time in more than two decades on a nationally televised award show stage when they perform for the 2022 CMT Music Awards. Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie, the special airs Monday, April 11th from 8-11 pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network and Paramount+.
The Judds, one of the most successful duos in country music history, will make a triumphant return to the stage to perform their international hit and chart-topping single, “Love Can Build A Bridge” with the iconic landmark of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame as their background, a nod to the duo’s upcoming 2022 induction. The performance kicks off a soon-to-be momentous year for Naomi and Wynonna as they’re officially enshrined in the Hall of Fame in May.
Two-time CMT Music Awards nominee Kacey Musgraves will introduce the legendary duo’s performance and acknowledge the lasting influence that The Judds’ music has had on her career.
Wynonna and Naomi Judd brought a fresh acoustic sound to country music, with unmistakable harmonies surrounding Wynonna’s powerful lead vocals. The Judds are often celebrated for a rarely interrupted stretch of 14 No. 1 hits when every single of theirs released by Curb/RCA landed in the Billboard Top 10; and a career that defined what it means to be individualists in the music business. The Judds dominated touring in the ‘80s with 20 Top 10 hits, have sold more than 20 million albums and blazed a trail for duos and women who have followed them. Together, The Judds have 16 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums and long-form videos, led by 2x Platinum albums Why Not Me and The Judds Greatest Hits. Their stripped-back style revived the popularity of acoustic sounds in country music and opened up the genre for more traditional approaches.
This marks The Judds’ first performance together on the CMT Music Awards stage. Previously, Wynonna performed alongside Kid Rock to open the 2011 award show, and Naomi served as a show presenter in both 2008 and 2009.
The famed mother-daughter pair join previously announced performers, including co-host Ballerini, Kane Brown, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris + Ryan Hurd, Carly Pearce, Cole Swindell + Lainey Wilson and Keith Urban, plus rising stars Priscilla Block, Breland, Jessie James Decker, Parker McCollum, Elvie Shane and Caitlyn Smith who will appear on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.