The mother-daughter duo of Naomi and Wynonna Judd was discovered by Nashville's top producer Brian Maher (his daughter had been a patient of Naomi, who worked as a nurse in a Nashville hospital). Maher arranged for an audition with RCA Records, who signed them in 1983. The Judds would go on to become the best selling country music act of the 1980s, and one of the most award-winning country music acts of all time. The Academy of Country Music named them the Top Vocal Duo seven consecutive times, from 1984 to 1990. They also took home Grammy Awards in 1985, '86, '87, '89, and '92. By the early 90s, the duo was forced to abandon their career as a recording and touring act while mother Naomi Judd battled Hepatitis C.
Wynona launched a solo career and continued with the commercial and critical success she had experience with her mother. Her hits, such as "No One in the World," had a decidedly more rock edge and enabled her to crossover to an event bigger adult pop audience than she had reached with the duo. The team reunited in 2004 for a one-off reunion tour, which was both a critical and commercial success. The duo also reunited in 2009 at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville for one show. Wynonna continues to have a successful active career, while her mother has chosen a quieter, more comfortable life outside the spotlight.
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