Keith Urban has received two nominations in the 2015 CMT Music Awards. These nominations increase his chances of adding to his already impressive list of awards. Prior to these nominations, the singer named the 2014 CMT Artist of the Year has been nominated for and won numerous awards for his contributions to the country music genre. The newest nominations are for the following categories: Male Video of the Year for Somewhere in My Car and Performance of the Year for It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.
Over the years, Urban’s fans have been delighted with a constant string of chart-topping hits from the albums and singles of their idol. The fact that he is still making chart-topping, nomination and award-earning music is a testament to the depth of his musical talents, commitment to hard work and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence.
His impressive awards list includes:
2008, 2010 and 2011 Best Male Country Vocal Performance for hit tracks Stupid Boy, Sweet Thing and Til Summer Comes Around respectively.
Country Music Association Awards:
Horizon Award – 2001
Entertainer of the Year – 2005
Male Vocalist of the Year – 2004, 2005 and 2006
Musical Event of the Year – 2009, 2013, 2014 for Start a Band, Highway Don’t Care and We Were Us.
Music Video of the Year – 2013 for Highway Don’t Care
Academy of Country Music Award
New Male Vocalist of the Year – 2001
Male Vocalist of the Year – 2005 and 2006
Album of the Year – 2005 for Be Here
Jim Reeves International Award – 2010
Vocal Event of the Year – 2009 and 2014 for Start a Band and We Were Us
Video of the Year – 2014 for Highway Don’t Care
American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist – 2009
People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Artist – 2010
Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Country Artist – 2010 and 2011
Looking at Urban and the success he has achieved today, it will be difficult for the average fan to picture him as a young boy trying to make his mark in the music industry. Urban is clearly not a stranger to music and performance. From the early age of 10 he was already performing at country shows in his home country New Zealand. He took part in a number of competitions including the talent show New Faces hosted by the Australian Television. All through his growing up years, he was actively doing what he loves and knows to do best. His professional career did not fully take off until 1990 when he was signed on by EMI in Australia.
Urban moved to the U.S. in 1993 and got very actively involved in gigs around the country music circuit. In 1997, he formed a band, The Ranch, and they released a self-titled album under Capitol Records Nashville. By 1999, Urban was ready to go solo, and he did so with the release of his debut album in the U.S, which was also self-titled. His efforts soon saw him reaching the top 10 in the U.S. country charts, making him the first male New Zealand performer to achieve this feat. From this point on, we can safely use the cliché, “the rest is history.”
Urban’s success is not limited to album sales and chart-topping hits. He is now regarded as an influential and capable musician who can be entrusted with the future of up-and-coming musicians. This is clear from the roles he played as a coach and mentor on The Voice (Australian version), where he had ample opportunity to impart his knowledge on his wards. In the same vein, he was made a judge on American Idol, a platform which provided him an opportunity to influence younger musicians.
With Keith Urban’s receipt of these two CMT Music Awards nominations, it is clear that he is still going on strong. All of his fans join the CMT Music Awards family as they celebrate the leaders in the country music industry one of whom obviously is the beloved Keith Urban.
By Chimerenka Odimba
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