Backstage At The CMAs: Wynonna Says Jelly Roll Is A ‘Force’
Wynonna Judd joined Jelly Roll to open the 57th Annual CMA Awards. The two brought the audience to their feet, singing Jelly’s number one hit, “Need A Favor.”
After the stirring performance, Wynonna came backstage to talk all about how much she adores country music’s new golden boy.
After I asked about the performance, Wynonna said backstage, “It was too much. He’s so powerful. I was so nervous and so excited. I don’t know how many more of these moments I have left, but I can tell you this: that was definitely top ten for me.”
She added of her new friend, “Jelly Roll is a force to be recorded with, and he is his own person, and to stand toe to toe with him with him was one of my favorite things I’ve ever done.”
Judd then explained how she and Jelly knew each other. She told us, “I didn’t know anything about him until the CMT Awards, and I stood up out of my seat, and I ran up to him and Bunny afterward, And I said, ‘I need to know the two of you, and I need to be part of your world, and I don’t know what that looks like.’ I just kind of threw myself at them.”
She concluded with a sigh, “I guess you just need to show up on stage and say, ‘What do you want, “I’ll do whatever.”
Wynnona also talked about her memories of the CMA Awards over the years, saying that when all the artists didn’t stay in their buses in the 1980s, they got to hang out backstage a lot more. She admitted she really misses those days but is enjoying being a part of the country music community these days as well.