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It’s hard to sing a duet without your partner, but Keith Urban improvised in the absence of Carrie Underwood, and the whole crowd joined him in singing her parts! This great moment happened on April 11 when the New Zealand-born and Aussie-raised superstar was celebrating his fifth anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.


Keith performed his No.1 hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color” followed by fan favorites from his catalogue of hits including “You Gonna Fly” and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” But the energy in the Opry soared to new heights when he got the audience involved in an acoustic sing-along of “The Fighter.”

Keith was surprised with his invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry during the 2012 “All for the Hall” show in Nashville, where he was surrounded by Opry veterans including the Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and Diamond Rio. Later that year, he was officially inducted by Trace Adkins and Josh Turner.

The country superstar has said of joining the Opry, “I always wanted to play the Opry and I’ll always remember the first time that I played it, seeing this stand and coming out and standing in the circle was an extraordinary, surreal moment.”

Now, Keith’s “The Fighter” moment is nominated for Opry Moment of the Year at the Rare Country Awards. It’s up to you to decide the winner at RareCountryAwards.com. Voting begins Nov. 13 and goes until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

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