CMA Awards 2020: Throwback to Keith Urban’s First-Ever CMA Trophy in 2001

by Suzanne Halliburton

Keith Urban is such a country star. But as we await the CMA’s, let’s take a look back to when the Aussie was just emerging in the United States.

Back in 2001, Urban won the CMA Horizon Award, now known as the Newcomer of the Year Award. It was his first ever CMA.

Fans loved his speech. It was brief, only about 30 seconds. He was emotional, as he said, “well, what do you know? Prayers do work. Thank you, God. I prayed so much for this.”

Urban thanked his mother and Laura Sigler, his ex-fiance. Yes, there was a time before he married actress Nicole Kidman.

Keith Urban Will Perform Remotely from Down Under

Urban will be performing Wednesday night, singing “God Whispered Your Name.” But he’ll be performing remotely from his vacation home in New South Wales. He and Kidman, along with their two daughters, Sunday and Faith, have been staying there the past few months. Nicole Kidman is filming the TV series “Nine Perfect Strangers.”

Urban was born in New Zealand, but grew up in Australia.

He’s up for three CMA’s.

Further, he’s one of six nominated for Entertainer of the Year. The others are Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Urban is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, vying along with Church, Combs, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton.

He’s also up for Musical Event of the Year. He was involved with “Be a Light.” That also included Rhett, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott and Chris Tomlin.

Rhett released “Be a Light” back in March for his 30th birthday. As people around the world were locked down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the song asked people to know that  “in a world full of hate, be a light.”  

Urban, 53, has won a dozen CMA trophies.