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Wynonna Judd Gets Honest About "Nerves" During Her Jelly Roll CMA Duet
The country star and Voice Mega Mentor got candid with her fans.
Country star and The Voice Mega Mentor Wynonna Judd assured concerned fans after she seemed a bit uneasy during her CMAs performance with rapper Jelly Roll. (Hint: You'll totally relate). And she's already on her way to her next performance.
Wynonna Judd and Jelly Roll's "Need A Favor" duet
Backed by a gospel chorus, Judd and Roll belted out an amazing version of his chart-topping hit. After taking the stage, Judd sounded great as she gripped her duet partner's arm throughout the song.
In a video filmed on her plane and posted to Instagram, Judd addressed concerns and laid out what actually happened on stage: She was nervous! “Okay so they say don’t read the comments. I’ve read the comments,” she explained. “And 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.”
Thinking back to her mental space before the start of the performance, she recalled, “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. I got out there and I was so nervous that I just held on for dear life. And that’s the bottom line.”
Though Judd didn't mention it in the video, she has been open previously about experiencing vertigo, so there are many explanations for why she might have wanted a little extra support on stage. And Jelly Roll seemed all too happy to lend her his arm!
Wynonnya Judd's upcoming projects
Nerves or no nerves, Judd has a full slate of projects on the horizon. She's the host of NBC's two-hour country music special Christmas at the Opry, which will air on December 7 and December 20, and be available to stream on Peacock starting December 8. Kelly Clarkson, Chrissy Metz, Adam Doleac, BRELAND, Brenda Lee, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina, Meghan Patrick, Mickey Guyton, Mitchell Tenpenny and Trace Adkins are all set to perform. Judd is also the Mega Mentor for Season 24 of The Voice.