-VIA THE TENNESSEAN-
When Naomi Judd was raising her daughters Wynonna and Ashley near the corner of Sunset and Larrabee Street in West Hollywood, she didn’t have enough money to take them to the movies. Instead, they would stroll down to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I was trying to teach the girls who these legendary people were. It was like going to any other famous landmark in America,” said Naomi Judd, who was a single mother at the time.
Now, 50-odd years later, as The Judds join 34 other artists receiving a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s class of 2021, Judd said it feels “almost unreal.”
The new selections were announced on the Walk of Fame Facebook page June 18.
“After 37 years, I still find myself amazed,” Wynonna Judd said in a press release. “What a journey it has been so far. Thankful to still be included.”
Naomi and Wynonna Judd recorded 14 No. 1 singles as country music duet The Judds from 1983 to 1991. A native of Ashland, Kentucky, Judd recalled getting fired from her first West Hollywood job because she refused to have an affair with her boss.
“I remember sobbing walking home, a month behind on my rent, worried that we would end up in some homeless shelter,” Judd said of the incident. “It was a scary time for us.”
After moving to Nashville and signing with RCA Records in 1983, The Judds went on to have a successful music career, winning five Grammy awards together. Judd said when she learned last Friday they would be receiving a star, she and “Wy” texted about it.
“It’s interesting, all these awards we won — we were undefeated at all the award shows like the CMAs and ACMs — and we were always in a category with three or four other people we knew. Country music used to be like a big family, and we would be up against some of our friends in the categories at all of the big award shows. It’s nice, this time we don’t have to worry about that,” Judd said.
The Walk of Fame Stars, chosen by the Walk of Fame Selection Panel of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on June 15, were awarded to celebrities in five categories: recording, motion pictures, television, live theater/live performance and radio. The Judds’ star is in the recording category.
Recipients have two years from the date of selection to schedule star ceremonies before they expire. While The Judds’ induction ceremony is postponed during the coronavirus pandemic until Judd and her daughters can safely travel to Hollywood together, Judd said she plans to celebrate it the same way she has their previous awards, by dining at The Ivy Restaurant on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles.