Keith Urban has always been one of country music's finest performers, but sometimes it's nice when he reminds us.
Urban did just that during his most recent appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage. The Ripcord singer performed his most recent number one single, "Blue Ain't Your Color" at the Opry. Needless to say, the Aussie star stunned the Opry crowd with the sweet song. And of course, Urban took a moment to perform yet another seamless guitar solo.
2016 was a big year for Urban, from start to finish. His album Ripcord debuted May 6, 2016, with the lead single "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." The album featured special appearances from Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, and Nile Rodgers as well. The following singles were "Break On Me" and the aforementioned "Blue Ain't Your Color." The album was certified Gold in Australia and certified platinum based on ARIA statistics.
Ripcord also received nominations for Album of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards. The album is also up for Best Country Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
In addition to Urban's recent accolades and nominations for Ripcord throughout the year, he closed 2016 on a high note. The singer's medley of covers paying homage to music icons lost in 2016 went viral. Urban's tribute featured songs from Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard, George Michael, David Bowie and Prince. All in all, it was a beautiful tribute to some of music's greatest modern icons. He later performed the tribute live in Nashville at the city's New Year's Eve celebration.
In more recent news, Urban is set to perform at the 2017 Country 500 Music Festival in Daytona. Urban will share the bill with Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Margo Price, and many more.