Faith Hill Presents at CMAs 2016, Same Day as Mom’s Funeral

Soldiering on. Faith Hill presented an award at the CMAs 2016 on Wednesday, November 2, three days after her mom, Edna Perry, died at the age of 80, and on the same day as her funeral. Watch her elegant stage moment in the clip above.

The country music legend, 49, shared an image of her mother in her younger years via Instagram Wednesday, along with a touching caption in honor of Perry. “As you may have heard, my mom passed away on Sunday and was laid to rest this morning,” Hill captioned the image.

Faith Hill onstage at the 50th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville.
Faith Hill onstage at the 50th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

“While this is a difficult time for our family, we rejoice in knowing that she is in Heaven and no longer suffering,” the country superstar continued. “Thank you all for the kind words and prayers.”

Perry passed away at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, where her obituary lists Hill by her birth name, Audrey, and husband Tim McGraw by his birth name, Samuel. Perry and her husband of 59 years, Ted, adopted Hill when she was just a baby. The couple also had two sons, Wesley and Steve.

Hill, who presented Eric Church with the coveted Album of the Year award Wednesday, has herself won three CMA Awards over the years. In 2006, she told Larry King that she credits her adoptive parents with her success.

“I actually had a pretty amazing childhood,” she said at the time. “My family, my mom and my dad and my brothers, they are amazing, very stable, good Christian God-fearing home, and a great small town of Star, Mississippi. I actually had a really stable childhood.”

“I was placed into an incredible home that … basically is responsible for the way I am today and the backbone that I have in order to do this for a living, which is a crazy, sometimes unstable world,” she continued. “But the most important thing to me is my family, and that was definitely taught from my mom and dad.”

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