During Music City Midnight, Nashville's star-studded New Year's Eve celebration, Keith Urban paid tribute to some of the great artists the world lost in 2018.
"The last few years we've played New Year's Eve, I've taken the opportunity to put together a medley of some of the people we've lost across the year and I've done it again this year," Urban said before launching into a medley that honored Aretha Franklin, Roy Clark and more. "I'm gonna play a couple of songs to just recognize a few of the people that we've lost."
Urban kicked off the medley with "Zombie" by The Cranberries, in honor of the band's lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, who passed away in January of 2018 at the age of 46. The singer followed with a tribute to Aretha Franklin by performing her iconic hit "Respect." Urban honored country legend and guitar virtuoso Roy Clark with "Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms" and musician, producer and DJ Avicii with a performance of "Wake Me Up." The "Blue Ain't Your Color" singer ended the medley with a performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" in honor of guitarist Ed King, who passed away in August at the age of 68. Music legend Peter Frampton joined Urban for the rollicking tribute to the Southern rock artist.
The New Year's Eve celebration took place at Nashville's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Brett Young, Judah and the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, The Fisk Jubilee Singers and more also performed during the event.