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Keith Urban’s “life-changing” year ends with a hot new nomination

Keith Urban called 2017 a “life-changing” year. Not only was “The Fighter”— his duet with Carrie Underwood — one of the biggest songs of the year, it was his fifth No. 1 from his “Ripcord” album, following immediately on the heels of another smash, “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Keith even got to sing the national anthem for the very first time during the Nashville Predators’ exciting Stanley Cup run.

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The father of two made appearances at numerous high-profile awards shows this year alongside wife Nicole Kidman, including a performance at the Grammy Awards in February, where he was nominated in three categories. He was also honored as one of five CMT Artists of the Year.

The legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist also celebrated substantial personal milestones: 11 years of marriage to Nicole and his 50th birthday in October. On Nov. 12, the multi-award winner took the stage at “Country Rising,” a benefit concert for hurricane victims at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Keith will end the year on a high note as he once again headlines Nashville’s official New Year’s Eve bash in the heart of Music City. He’s already slated to perform at numerous festivals in 2018, including Stagecoach in April.

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Keith is now nominated for Male Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

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