Keith Urban didn’t envision his debut as host of the Academy of Nation Music Awards going moderately this vogue.
Calling himself the match’s “longest single reigning entertainer of the year,” he notes that’s due to this of the coronavirus-pandemic-precipitated delay of the 55th edition of the ceremony to Wednesday. That’s when CBS and CBS All Web admission to will expose it from several legendary Nashville areas — the Huge Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe — as the expose originates for the first time from the country-music capital. (It had been slated for April in Las Vegas, the save Urban had started a concert residency.)
Keith Urban hosts the 55th Academy of Nation Music Awards Wednesday on CBS.“I’m contented we’re in a position to personal it rush forward at all,” acknowledged the ever-superior Urban, nominated this time for male artist of the year. “We prefer to make it work on this contemporary rhythm that we’re all knowing now, doing issues remotely without (on-state) audiences. The note that consistently involves my mind is ‘innovation,’ and that’s indubitably what we’re all in the heart of, doing what we create on this contemporary context.”
All the blueprint during the ACM Awards, Urban likely will make utilize of technology, as he notably did by “tripling himself” while performing “Greater Fancy” on last April’s more than one-network “One World: Together at Dwelling” particular. (Entering his home studio toward the song’s terminate, accomplice Nicole Kidman by some skill knew which of the three changed into once the “staunch” Urban to rush over to.)
Admitting that he felt he changed into once in “inventive paralysis” in the pandemic’s early weeks, Urban says he pulled himself out of it runt by runt, doing such issues as a Tennessee force-in-theater concert for health-care workers.
“After I pointed myself toward the issues I’m able to create and no longer what I’m able to’t create, that indubitably changed into once the pivotal ingredient for me,” he acknowledged. “I began to get back on the horse, because it had been; then, a total surge of creativity got right here.”
As the area touring itinerary he’d planned for 2020 shifted to 2021, Urban performed his contemporary album “The Gallop of Now Share 1,” which drops Friday. Among its selections are the already released singles “God Whispered Your Name,” “We Were,” “Superman” and “Polaroid.”
With the ACM Awards making their Nashville debut, Urban acknowledged, “It’s very like the first time the CMA Awards went out of Nashville to Recent York in 2005, after I obtained both male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year. I indubitably feel very lucky that I’ve been in a position to be a share of just a few indubitably real moments in country-music historical past … nonetheless it’s incredible that the ACMs personal by no manner been in Nashville before. It’s crazy that it took a virus to make it happen.”