Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban gave fans a special performance of “The Fighter.”
Urban and Underwood are perfect duet partners, which was evident during the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Prior to the show, the duo teased the special rendition via social media and a press release.
“Carrie and I are working to create a different take on ‘The Fighter’ for the CMT Awards!!!!” Urban said. “Can’t wait!”
The pair performed their hit “The Fighter.” Nashville star Chip Esten introduced the duo to the stage. A single spotlight marked Urban with his microphone and electric guitar. He sang the first part of the opening before a second spotlight revealed Underwood.
Underwood was facing Urban at the other end of the stage donning a stunning white gown and black pants. Instead of the pop version, the guitar rang out and they performed a stripped performance. The upbeat fast-paced tune turned into a slow and stunning ballad. They performed it this way during the intro, chorus and first verse.
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban met at center stage and broke into their beloved original version. After concluding the song, the crowd went wild with some of their fellow artists giving a standing ovation.
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban On Their Hit
The song reached No. 1 and won over fans, critics, and even took home some awards. The track won the ACM Vocal Event of the Year and the CMT Collaborative Video of the Year. Aside from the CMT Music Awards, they also performed the tune at the Grammys and Academy of Country Music Awards.
Keith Urban co-wrote the song with the late, famed producer Busbee. He told Fox News that they knew from the get-go that his duet partner had to be Carrie Underwood.
“It’s a combination of a lot of things I think,” he said in regard to choosing her. “The spirit is right and her voice is incredible. I love singing with her. I love the way her voice sits with where I sing and this song. When we wrote it, we both just said, “It’s Carrie. She’s got to be the girl for sure.”
Urban told The Boot that his wife, Nicole Kidman, inspired the song. “It’s a song about helping to heal and protect someone you love,” he explained. “It’s a song about reassurance that you’ll always be there to take the blows the world can throw.”