Keith Urban took to Twitter to honor the late Country TV producer and director Walter C. Miller after his death on Friday.
Miller worked as an organizer for the CMA Awards for more than 40 years, in addition to creating anniversary promos for the Grand Ole Opry. He also directed more than six Johnny Cash TV specials and was in charge of bringing in stars like Perry Como and George Burns to the Music City Center for TV events.
In addition, Miller directed 15 Grammy Awards from 1984 to 2009, and ten Tony Awards from 1987 until 1997. He also worked with the broadcasting teams for the Emmys, the People’s Choice Awards, Comic Relief, and others.
As for his trophy case, Walter Miller was nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and won five of them. He won the Directors Guild of America award three times and won the CMA President’s Award in 2007, its Irving Waugh Award in 2009, and a Grammy Trustees Award in 2010.
In the 1960s, Miller directed specials for Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Kathie Lee Gifford, John Denver, among many other prominent artists.
Miller died on Friday night at the age of 94, surrounded by his friends and family.
Keith Urban Honors Miller
“Saying a prayer & giving thanks to Walter Miller & his friends & family. He was so good to me over the years & like a great coach- fiery, intense, & passionate, always giving & asking for the best. A true ARTIST all the way. You’ll be greatly missed.”
Many of Urban’s fans commented their condolences to the artist and the late director’s family.
[H/T Music Row]