Carrie Underwood honored the late Naomi Judd during her headlining Stagecoach performance on Saturday (April 30) at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
After a soaring performance of “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” the Oklahoma native paid tribute to the late country music icon Naomi Judd, who is one half of the legendary country duo, The Judds.
The chart-topping country hitmaker dedicated her performance of “See You Again” to the late Naomi Judd.
“This next song goes out to everybody whose ever lost someone that they loved, which is everybody. I feel like that one of the few human experiences that we all share, but just because the people that we love are not here with us does not mean that they are not here with us and that does not mean that you will not see them again someday,” Underwood shared.
“If you guys are thinking about anybody, I want you to get your phones out, get a lighter out, anything that shines light, let’s light up this place in memory of all those that we miss. I know all of country music will be lighting something up for Ms. Naomi Judd,” Underwood added.
She went on to sing the emotional tune in front of the massive crowd, who sparkled from the glow of their cell phone lights.
Watch Underwood’s tribute performance below.
@Carrie Underwood dedicated her performance of #SeeYouAgain to the late Naomi Judd during her #Stagecoach set. ❤️ 🎥 Courtesy of Stagecoach/YouTube
Co-written by Underwood alongside Hillary Lindsey, and David Hodges, “See You Again” was release in April of 2013 as the fourth and final single from her fourth studio album, Blown Away. The tune details the grief process after experiencing the death of a loved one, while providing hope and promise that you will reunite with every fallen loved one in the afterlife.
The eight-time GRAMMY winner also performed over a dozen fan-favorite hits during her electrifying performance. In addition to her hits, she also performed several tracks from her upcoming new album, Denim & Rhinestones, including the title track, “Crazy Angels,” and her latest single, “Ghost Story.”
Her set also featured numerous costume changes, a visually stunning production, and a special duet alongside Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose.
Prior to her Stagecoach set, Underwood took to social media to share a heartfelt message in memory of the late Judds’ singer.
“Country music lost a true legend… sing with the angels, Naomi!!!” Underwood wrote. “We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today…”
Country music lost a true legend…sing with the angels, Naomi!!! We’re all sending up prayers for the Judd family today…
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 30, 2022
Naomi Judd, one half of the legendary country duo, The Judds, passed away on Saturday, April 30, at the age of 76 from “the disease of mental illness,” according to a statement shared by Wynonna and her sister Ashley Judd.
The unfortunate news comes just a week after Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd reunited for a performance of “Love Can Build A Bridge” at the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
Underwood recently shared the music video for her chart-climbing single, “Ghost Story.” Filmed in Downtown Los Angeles at the famed 1931 Los Angeles Theatre, the cinematic masterpiece brings to life the haunting story of a past love affair, where the female character has moved on and is living her life while the male counterpart is haunted by her memory everywhere he turns and in everything he does.
Directed by Underwood’s longtime collaborator, Randee St. Nicholas, The video pays homage to the glamour of Moulin Rouge, even features several nods to Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Smoke Break,” “Cry Pretty,” “Blown Away,” “Just A Dream,” “Cowboy Casanova,” and more.
“Ghost Story” appears on Underwood’s new album, Denim & Rhinestones, which is scheduled for release on June 10 via UMG Nashville. The project will feature 12-tracks, including the recently released tune, “Crazy Angels.”
Additionally, the mother of two is gearing up to return to Resorts World Theatre for her jaw-dropping Las Vegas residency later this month. Underwood’s Las Vegas Residency, which kicked off in early December 2021, continues through May 21.
See the show’s remaining dates below: March 30, April 1 – 2, May 11, 13 – 14, 18, 20 – 21.