Over the last several years, Keith Urban has become one of the most well-known and well-respected names in the country music scene. He also stands out because he hails from Australia rather than the U.S. South, like the majority of stars in country music. Since he first rose to fame, Urban is no stranger to winning numerous music awards, and it appears as though that trend could continue at the 44th Annual CMA Awards, which will air live on ABC on Nov. 10.
Urban is nominated in the biggest category of all for the 44th CMA Awards: Entertainer of the Year. He is up against Miranda Lambert, who leads the field in nominations, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band. Urban won the Entertainer of the Year back in 2005, and he has accomplished much in the past five years to warrant another win. He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year along with Dierks Bentley, Paisley, Blake Shelton and George Strait. He won that award in 2005 also, along with winning in 2004 and 2006.
Keith Urban is riding high off of the release of another award, a Teen Choice Award, which he won earlier in August. Urban won the award for Male Country Artist, beating out Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan. Other country stars to win at the Teen Choice Awards include Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum. He will also be given an award at the ACM Honors ceremony on September 20. The ceremony will be held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and hosted by Lee Ann Womack. Urban will receive the Jim Reeves International Award.
Outside of awards shows, Urban is remaining quite busy with his other projects. He is still riding high off of the release of his platinum 2009 album, Defying Gravity. That album has yielded top singles like "Sweet Thing," "Kiss a Girl," "Only You Can Love Me This Way" and "I'm In." Urban is wrapping up his tour in support of the album, meaning his fans will have to act fast to reserve Keith Urban tickets to one of his concerts. When he is done touring, fans may miss him on the stage, but they will be thankful to learn that he isn't simply taking a break. Instead, he is said to be working on a brand new album that will be released in the near future.
Many country music hopefuls-or simply those who love country music-would likely love to be on stage like Keith Urban, and now they will have the chance to pretend to be Keith Urban with his unforgettable guitar skills. Keith Urban's hit song "Days Go By" will be part of the most recent version of Rock Band as part of the Going Country Pack 4. Also on the release are country hits like "What Was I Thinkin'" by Dierks Bentley, "Fancy" by Reba McEntire, "It Happens" by Sugarland, "Hell on the Heart" by Eric Church, "Would You Go With Me" by Josh Turner and others.