Wynonna Judd has broken her silence after her performance at the CMA Awards, taking to TikTok to explain a performance which was widely perceived as awkward and unusual.
Judd’s recent performance with Jelly Roll at the CMA Awards garnered significant attention, but not solely for her vocal prowess. The country music icon exhibited unusual behavior, taking short, hesitant steps onto the stage and maintaining a tight grip on Jelly Roll’s jacket throughout the performance. This prompted immediate reactions from fans on social media, voicing their concerns about her well-being.
“Anyone think that Wynonna Judd was acting a bit off with Jelly Roll??” one individual asked on X, a social media platform.
Another expressed worry, stating, “I’m worried about Wynonna Judd on this opening song from the CMA Awards. She looked she could barely walk, grabbed Jelly Roll’s jacket, and didn’t MOVE.”
Concerns escalated as another observer noted, “She looked scared to death and was hanging on to Jelly Roll for dear life. Something isn’t right.”
The speculation continued with a comment, “It was seriously bizarre. I wonder what’s going on? She barely moved once she got a death grip on him.”
Addressing the concerns, Judd took to TikTok late Wednesday night to clarify the situation.
“OK, so they say ‘Don’t read the comments’ – I read the comments,” she began. “I’m just gonna come clean with y’all, I was so freaking nervous. I got out there, and I looked at Jelly Roll, I wanted it to be so good for him. I could cry right now but I’m not going to because I’m such a fan of his, and he asked me to sing, and I said ‘Absolutely.’”
Judd admitted to her nervousness, explaining, “I got out there, and I was just so nervous that I just held on for dear life, and that’s the bottom line.”
Despite the incident, Judd reassured her fans that she was in good spirits and well-being, with performances scheduled for the following night and the rest of the month.
In a post-performance discussion with Fox News Digital, Judd reflected on her experience singing with Jelly Roll, describing it as the “top 10 of my favorite things I’ve ever done.” She recounted her history of significant moments in her career, both with her mother and solo, and expressed her enthusiasm for collaborating with Jelly Roll, whom she considers “the real deal.”
After witnessing Jelly Roll’s performance at the CMT Awards in April, Judd felt an instant connection.
“I literally ran up to him, and I stood out of my seat during that performance. He rocked my world,” she recounted. Since then, they have formed a bond through music, finding common ground in their personal stories and family dysfunctions.
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