Keith Urban

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  • Birth Name: Keith Lionel Urban
  • Birth Place: Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/26/1967, Scorpio
  • Profession: Country singer; songwriter; guitarist
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Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician began winning talent shows Down Under at age 8. As a teen, he continued to hone his skills, adding a rock-and-roll edge to his music. During the '90s he was an Oz chart-topper but in 1997 he relocated to Tennessee, founded a trio called the Ranch and caught the attention of the country community. Although an addiction to cocaine in the '90s threatened to derail his career, Urban went straight, and all that was left of his bad-boy days were his motorcycle, scruffy facial hair and rebel attitude. In 1999 he went solo, playing for the likes of the Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks before releasing his eponymous hit album. Over the years he stayed in the spotlight with his prolific output, good looks (his naked photos in Playgirl firmly established him as a sex symbol) and high-profile romance with Hollywood A-lister and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman. The two made it official in June 2006 and have made Nashville their home base, enjoying the low-key atmosphere of the town. In an effort to give back to Music City and the country industry, Urban and singer Vince Gill created 2009's We're All for the Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The concert, planned as a yearly event, featured Urban and Gill performing with stars such as Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, and raised more than $500,000.Keith Urban Fast Facts:
  • Began playing a ukulele at age 3, guitar at 6 and was winning country-music talent shows by 8.
  • Moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992 and formed the three-man band the Ranch before developing his solo career.
  • Posed naked with his guitar in the April 2001 issue of Playgirl magazine.
  • Performed in Philadelphia in July 2005 for the U.S. leg of the Live 8 concerts in support of African debt relief.
  • First artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon Award (2001), Male Vocalist of the Year (2004, 2005) and Entertainer of the Year (2005).
  • With Vince Gill, created 2009's We're All for the Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The concert featured Urban and Gill performing with stars such as Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, and raised more than $500,000.
  • In 2012, was the first non-North American artist inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Keith Urban Relationships:
  • Faith Margaret Kidman Urban - Daughter
  • Connor Anthony Kidman Cruise - Stepson
  • Laura Sigler - Ex-fiancée
  • Bob Urban - Father
  • Nicole Kidman - Wife
  • Shane Urban - Brother
  • Isabella Jane Kidman Cruise - Stepdaughter
  • Marienne Urban - Mother
  • Sunday Rose Kidman Urban - Daughter
  • Niki Taylor - Ex-significant Other
  • Keith Urban Awards:
  • 2005 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2009 CMT Music Awards: Collaborative Video of the Year - Winner
  • 2005 CMT Music Awards: Hottest Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2002 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Fashion Plate Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2007 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2007 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2008 CMT Music Awards: Male Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2006 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year - Winner
  • 2002 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Breakthrough Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2009 CMT Music Awards: Male Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2006 CMT Music Awards: Male Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2009 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2004 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Hottest Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2003 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2010 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Artist - Winner
  • 2006 CMT Music Awards: Hottest Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2010 CMT Music Awards: Male Video of the Year - Winner
  • 2005 CMT Music Awards: Male Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2011 CMT Music Awards: CMT Performance of the Year - Nominee
  • 2010 Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2014 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2014 CMT Music Awards: Collaborative Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2011 CMT Music Awards: Male Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2013 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2012 CMT Music Awards: Male Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2005 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year - Winner
  • 2003 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Hottest Male Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2003 CMT Music Awards: Flameworthy Fashion Plate Video of the Year - Nominee

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