Keith Made Nicole a Country Fan

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Keith Urban’s passionate ballad “’Til Summer Comes Around” was awarded Male Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards on June 9 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Before walking the blue carpet, the Aussie heartthrob made sure to thank fans for their support of his music by not only greeting those in the front of the crowd who had gathered to watch the arrivals, but by jumping the fence to greet fans in the very back, who often have a harder time getting a handshake from their favorite celebrities. “They’ve been waiting out there all day and in the pouring rain earlier. When you’re standing in front, you have a chance to meet everybody,” Keith said during a backstage press conference.

During the awards show, Keith rocked his first televised live performance with rock guitarist John Mayer, a collaboration on Keith’s “Hit the Ground Running.” Of swapping guitar licks with John, Keith told reporters, “I wasn’t nervous. I had such a great time playing with John. It was easier this time around ’cause it’s the second time we’ve played together. I tried to get him out of his shell a little bit, musically speaking,” Keith said, to the laughter of everyone in the room. Keith and John’s collaboration on CMT Crossroads, which they taped earlier this year, will air June 18.

Keith also shared that wife Nicole Kidman, now a constant fixture at country music award shows, is a fan of country music—thanks to her hubby. “Yes, she does [like country music]. She has no history of country music, so it’s been great to be the one to get her into it," he said. "Not long after we started dating, I went to the record store, and I bought The Best of Waylon. I put it in [the CD player] with a bunch of other discs and I let that one play first. She said, ‘Oh, who’s this? I like this.’ So that was the start. Now she’s into the Zac Brown Band, she loves Miranda [Lambert] and others.”

We’re sure a certain Aussie guitarist is also at the top of Nicole’s list of country music favorites.

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