Country Radio Honors The Judds

photo courtesy ARISTO MEDIA

The Judds, mom Naomi and daughter Wynonna, were honored with the Career Achievement Award at the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tuesday night (March 1).

The event, which kicks off Country Radio Seminar week in Nashville, primarily recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the country radio format and inducts them into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

The Career Achievement Award is also a major part of the evening, and this year's recipients, The Judds, were one of the most successful country duos of all time. The pair recorded 14 No. 1 hits, including "Mama He's Crazy," "Have Mercy" and "Turn It Loose," and won four consecutive Country Music Association Vocal Duo of the Year awards (1988–1991).

They made their farewell tour, The Judds: The Last Encore, during 2010.

During their remarks to the audience, which included industry executives and radio personnel from around the country, Naomi recalled signing their record label deal in 1983. "You know, we were two scared kids when we walked into the [RCA] label office," Naomi said. "[Label president] Joe Galante took a chance on us."

Wynonna remembered their first Country Radio Seminar meet-and-greet. "We had like four people in our line," she said with a laugh. "Mom said, 'We should have made cookies.'"

In summary, Naomi said, "Our whole life has really been about friendships. This [award] is pretty overwhelming."

Several stars also turned out for the Country Radio Hall of Fame banquet. Among those spotted were the current hit duo Steel Magnolia (Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey), Kellie Pickler, newcomers Frankie Ballard and Joanna Smith, Radney Foster, Josh Thompson and Chuck Wicks.

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