- David B. Pruett
Country music duo. Comprising Naomi [Diana Ellen] Judd (b Ashland, KY, 1 Jan 1946) and her daughter Wynonna Judd (née Christina Claire Ciminella; b Ashland, KY, 30 May 1964), they made their major label debut with Wynonna and Naomi (RCA) in 1983 and quickly became the most celebrated duo of the decade, winning the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award (1984) and awards for Vocal Group of the Year (1985–7) and Vocal Duo of the Year (1988–91). Naomi, a divorced mother of two who had left Kentucky for California in 1972 and had supported her children through various jobs including nursing, moved to the Nashville area in 1979 with her two daughters, Ashley— who later became a well-known Hollywood film actor—and Wynonna. Naomi and Wynonna entered the commercial music industry performing semi-regularly on Ralph Emery’s morning Nashville television show in the early 1980s. Following the success of their debut album and their first number-one hit, “Mama he’s Crazy” (...