In a time of gender divides and terrible revelations, country’s sweetheart couple stands together as an example of love and respect. In last night’s Golden Globe award ceremony the pair flashed another set of great relationship goals as Nicole Kidman included husband Keith Urban in her acceptance speech for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series for her role as Celeste Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies. “Keith Urban, when my cheek is against yours, everything melts away, and that is love. It’s true. I love you so much,” she said. Her impassioned speech included appreciation for her co-stars of the series, including co-producer Reese Witherspoon, as well as Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz. The show went on to win Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern also picked up Best Supporting awards for their roles in Big Little Lies. Keith is making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Female.”
Last night’s CMA Awards were nothing short of spectacular. We’re working to assemble videos from last night’s tributes, performances, and controversial moments. Scroll below to start watching and check back through the day as we get more in and replace the recap videos with full-length performances. Associated Press highlights the political and emotional moments Dierks Bentley & Rascal Flatts with Eddie Montgomery – My Town – A Tribute to Troy Gentry Carrie Underwood – Softly & Tenderly Dan + Shay with Lauren Alaina – Come Together Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – The Rest of Our Life Sturgill Simpson Goes Rogue, Busking Outside Bridgestone Arena During CMA’s Kelsea Ballerini with Reba McEntire – Legends Brothers Osborne – It Ain’t My Fault/ Tulsa Time Keith Urban – Female P!nk – Barbies Little Big Town with Jimmy Webb – Wichita Lineman Thomas Rhett – Unforgettable Maren Morris & Naill Horan – I could use a love song
AT&T and AUDIENCE Network Present: “Keith Urban: Live From Phoenix” Concert Special Airs Friday, July 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT On DIRECTV and U-verse (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114) and DIRECTV NOW Tune in to the AT&T* AUDIENCE Network concert special “Keith Urban: Live From Phoenix” airing Friday, July 14,at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT via DIRECTV Ch 239, AT&T U-verse Ch 1114 and on-demand through DIRECTV NOW. The electrifying live performance and interview from the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning, platinum-selling artist was filmed on location during the AT&T Block Party at the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Phoenix. Watch the trailer for “Keith Urban: Live From Phoenix” (HERE). AUDIENCE Network delivers groundbreaking concerts, unique stories and exclusive performances across all genres, plus select programming in ultra high-definition/4K1, to audiences nationwide. New shows premiere via national broadcast Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on DIRECTV Ch 239/AT&T U-verse Ch 1114, as well as streaming on-demand at DIRECTV NOW, directv.com, uverse.com and on smartphones and tablets, via the DIRECTV and U-verse apps.2 AUDIENCE Network’s multiple series of original and exclusive performances give music fans an intimate view of music’s most influential artists today. The network collaborates directly with musicians to create a unique show from their perspective. A groundbreaking album for Urban, RIPCORD marked the second time that one of his albums debuted simultaneously atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He is the only male Country artist to achieve this mark, not just once, but twice. It was recently certified platinum and produced Urban’s 22nd #1 song, his 6th consecutive, with “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Thus far, RIPCORD has produced four #1 songs including “Wasted Time,” which moved Urban to #8 on Billboard’s All-time Country Airplay Chart, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me.” It leaves Urban’s streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (38) well in tact–a streak that started in August of 2000. Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite. In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Urban has gone on to win CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year title three times. The 2015 CMA Awards brought Urban his third win for Vocal Event of the Year (“Raise ‘Em Up” featuring Eric Church). It marked the first time in history that any artist has received the award in three consecutive years. Besides his four GRAMMY Awards, Urban has won ten Country Music Association Awards, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, a People’s Choice and an American Music Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. Following the worldwide, breakthrough success of RIPCORD, Urban launched the ‘ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2016.’ The tour played more than seventy shows on four continents, in front of more than a million people. Catch the “ripCORD WORLD TOUR 2017” as it lands at fairs and festivals in the U.S. Continue reading
CAPITOL NASHVILLE artist KEITH URBAN made an appearance on the nationally syndicated “HARRY” talk show, hosted by his former fellow FOX-TV “AMERICAN Idol” judge HARRY CONNICK JR, on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22nd. URBAN played a round of “Celebrity Swipes” with CONNICK JR, chatted about life at home with NICOLE KIDMAN and their two daughters, and played a little music together. Check out the “Celebrity Swipes” segment here, conversation clips here and here, and some of URBAN and CONNICK JR’s jam session here and here.
KEITH URBAN AND SPECIAL GUESTS BLINK-182, CAPITAL CITIES, GROUPLOVE, LEON BRIDGES, AND NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS ADDED TO THE 2017 NCAA MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP IN PHOENIX MARCH 31-APRIL 2 Artists Join Previously Announced Acts Aerosmith, The Chainsmokers, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Phoenix, AZ — March 23, 2017 — Today the NCAA and Turner Live Events, alongside official NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Coca-Cola, and Capital One have announced additional superstar artists for the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in conjunction with the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four. The free, three-day celebration taking place March 31-April 2 is open to the public at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. On Friday, March 31 four time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban will take the stage as the AT&T Block Party headliner. On Saturday, April 1 chart-topping, indie-pop band Grouplove, Grammy-nominated recording artist Leon Bridges, and Grammy-nominated pop duo Capital Cities will perform at Coca-Cola Music, joining previously announced Grammy Award-winning headliner, The Chainsmokers. On Sunday, April 2 soul rock outfit Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats will open the final day of the festival at the Capital One JamFest, later followed by iconic Grammy Award-winning alt rock band Blink-182. They join previously announced Grammy Award-winning hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and headlining rock legend Grammy Award winners Aerosmith at the Capital One JamFest. Fans can also watch a selection of the weekend’s concerts being live streamed on ncaa.com, bleacherreport.com, and the official NCAA YouTube channel. To stay up to date, fans can visit ncaa.com/finalfour, follow @FinalFour on Twitter, and download the Final Four app at ncaa.com/mffapp. This is a non-ticketed event open to the public on a first-come basis featuring the following events: Friday, March 31-AT&T Block Party Keith Urban Additional highlights to be announced Performances from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mountain Standard Time Saturday, April 1 – Coca-Cola Music Live broadcast of the first semifinal gameat Margaret T. Hance Park The Chainsmokers Grouplove Capital Cities Leon Bridges Performances from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time Sunday, April 2 – Capital One JamFest® Aerosmith Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Blink-182 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Performances from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mountain Standard Time Capital One cardholders can take advantage of a preferred entry lane The NCAA March Madness Music Festival has brought one-of-a-kind concert experiences to over 150,000 music fans each year. In 2016, Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5, Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Aloe Blacc, Lukas Graham, Flo Rida, Panic! At the Disco, Pitbull and Jason Derulo performed at the festival in Houston. Additional top-tier performers who have helped celebrate Final Four weekend throughout the years include Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Weezer, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jason Aldean, fun., Tim McGraw, The Killers, LL Cool J, Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, The Black Keys, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift among many others. The NCAA March Madness Music Festival is an activation extension of the NCAA’s Corporate Champions and Partners marketing program, which Turner Sports and CBS Sports license and collaborate on as part of an agreement with the NCAA through Continue reading
Keith Urban Announced As 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award Recipient (Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 14, 2015) – The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced Keith Urban as the recipient of the 2016 CRS Artist Humanitarian Award, to be presented during the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar on Feb. 8, 2016. Last year’s Artist Humanitarian Award recipient, Lady Antebellum, will be on hand to present Urban with this year’s award. The CRB Artist Humanitarian Award was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor Country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career. CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “Keith Urban is a true humanitarian who gives out of love, passion, spirit, and generosity. It’s been an honor to witness quietly from the sidelines, the amount of time, talent, and passion that Keith has selflessly given over his life and career. The impact and reach of his generosity has effected so many and is so broad in scope and depth – his is a bar of humanitarian effort, that we all can be inspired by!” Over the years, Urban has been a strong supporter of numerous benefit concerts, including the annual “All For The Hall” Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum benefit concerts, which has raised nearly $3 million in proceeds. In addition, he’s been and remains a supporter of The Grammy in the Schools program, Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund and was recently named the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation. He is a continued supporter of the “Make A Wish” Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As an advisory board member at St. Jude, Urban has visited the hospital and produces a calendar each year with all net proceeds going to St. Jude. Since their inception in 2003, these calendars have raised more than $850,000 for the life-saving mission of the hospital. Following the 2010 Nashville flood, he was very active in the relief efforts and participated in the re-opening of the Grand Ole Opry House, Marty Stuart’s “Late Night Jam,” GAC and Vince Gill telethons; all to raise funds for flood relief. Additionally, he has supported our nation’s troops and the Navy SEALS Foundation. Urban donated to the foundation his share of artist and publishing royalties from his song “For You,” which reached a total of $300,000. He was also the first Ambassador for the CMA Foundation’s Education Program and has donated from his line, URBAN guitars, to five Music Education Matters partner programs across the country, including programs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City and San Francisco. He’s also donated URBAN guitars to the Grammy Foundation and its MusiCares program, as well as donating proceeds from the guitars to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to keep musical instruments in schools. Past recipients of the Artist Humanitarian Award have included Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others. For more Continue reading
Nashville’s BIGGEST festival is coming back THIS June 5th-8th and it looks like it’s going to be one heck of a party. The CMA team has released the official CMAFest Schedule with a complete daily performer lineup, and we’ve got all your details right here on CountryMusicNewsBlog.com! CMAFest lineup in LP Field*: Thursday June 5, 2014 Brantley Gilbert Dierks Bentley Luke Bryan Rascal Flatts Tim McGraw Friday June 6, 2014 Blake Shelton Eric Church Jason Aldean Miranda Lambert The Band Perry Saturday June 7, 2014 Chris Young Darius Rucker Florida Georgia Line Keith Urban Little Big Town Sunday June 8, 2014 Brad Paisley Hunter Hayes Lady Antebellum Thomas Rhett Zac Brown Band *Performers are listed alphabetically. Stage times have not been released.
Episode 1 Of American Idol Season 12: Recap! Last night was the premiere episode of American Idol Season 12. This go around there are three new judges, including country music’s own Keith Urban. The episode was two hours long, had auditions in New York City and only featured one country artist. Sarah Restuccio, 17, came from Hammonton, New Jersey. She first auditioned with Carrie Underwood‘s “Mama’s Song.” But when Randy Jackson asked her to sing something else, she shocked all judges with her second song. Restuccio began to rap (with her own twist) “Super Bass.” For those who don’t know, “Super Bass” is one of Nicki Minaj’s (also a new judge on season 12) biggest hits. The second song started a bit of a debate with all four of the judges. It made Urban question who she was as an artist, but had Minaj loving her even more. Minaj fully backed the young girl, saying that the boys would love her and that the girls could identify with her. She even said something along the lines of, there are plenty of girls working on a farm singing “Super Bass.” I do have to question if it had been a country song and any other pop/rap song that wasn’t one of her own, would Minaj be so quick to defend? We will never know, but one thing is for certain…she made it to Hollywood! At the end of the stop in NYC, 41 contestants moved on to the next round. A new episode will air tonight on Fox at 8/7c where the judges will search for more people to move on in Chicago. Catch Sarah’s Audition and See What YOU Think!
The Annual CMA Country Christmas Airs On ABC TONIGHT, Don’t Forget to Watch! In case you forgot, we’re here to remind you that the 2012 edition of the annual CMA Country Christmas special airs on ABC TONIGHT (Dec, 20th) from 8:00-11:00pm, ET! Hosted by Jennifer Nettles including awesome performances from some of our favorites like Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Martina McBride and more! Find the complete list of performers below, and be sure to tune in! CMA Country Christmas Preview: CMA Country Christmas Performers. Jennifer Nettles Keith Urban Martina McBride Little Big Town Dierks Bentley Lady Antebellum Scotty McCreery The Band Perry Colbie Caillet John Legend Katherine Jenkins