The 2023 CMA Awards stirred a wave of concern among fans for the wellbeing of iconic country music figure Wynonna Judd. During a performance that some described as “bizarre,” the 59-year-old singer appeared unsteady while collaborating with country newcomer Jelly Roll to kick off the show with a rendition of his popular track, “Need a Favor,” broadcasted on ABC.
The poignant absence of her mother and singing partner, Naomi Judd, who tragically passed away by suicide in April, appeared to weigh heavily on Wynonna. Viewers took to the social media platform X to express their unease about her demeanor during the performance.
“Am I the only one concerned for @Wynonna?” queried one worried fan.
“Something is wrong with her. Hope she is ok!!” echoed another.
“It was seriously bizarre,” confessed a third observer. “I wonder what’s going on? She barely moved once she got a death grip on him.”
“Wynonna Judd is holding on to Jelly Roll for dear life #CMAawards,” another comment expressed.
Efforts to reach out to Judd’s representatives for comment by The Post have been made.
Recollections of Judd’s withdrawal from the “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash” last year due to an “extreme bout of vertigo” led many online supporters to speculate if she might have been facing a similar health issue during the recent performance.
“Wondering if she’s having another severe bout of vertigo. Looking down, holding on for dear life, and barely moving…makes sense,” one observer hypothesized.
“She’s been through so much. Someone help her,” pleaded another.
Previously, concerns regarding Judd’s mental health arose after last year’s New Year’s Eve incident. However, she later addressed these worries on Instagram, seeking to reassure her followers.
“Well, I’m okay,” she assured in a video, attempting to allay concerns. “I am working so hard on my mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. And I have a really great team. I’m really blessed and I’m broken and I’m working really hard on self-care which is not selfish, it’s sacred.”
The gravity of these moments urged fans to reach out, not only expressing worry but also encouraging support for Judd. For immediate assistance, individuals were reminded of the available resources, including the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline reachable by call or text at 988 or via chat at 988lifeline.org.