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Keith Urban and Bill Anderson are the latest artists honored with stars on the Music City Walk of Fame.
The ceremony took place Sunday (May 15) at Music City Walk of Fame Park, a stretch of sidewalk near the Country Music Hall of Fame that is embedded with stars honoring Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, Barbara Mandrell, Ernest Tubb, Josh Turner and Randy Travis, among other country music luminaries.
Bill, whose career has spanned 50 years and who is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, was in good spirits during the outdoor ceremony, despite the cloudy skies and temps in the mid-50s. "On a day like this, you find out who your fair-weather friends are," he quipped. After thanking fans and industry members for the honor, Bill also noted the day was twice as special for him. "At 6 a.m. I got out of bed and got on Skype and saw from China my son, his wife and my new 18-month-old granddaughter that they adopted yesterday. I look forward to bringing her down here someday and showing her this," he said of the star.
Keith noted that it will be 20 years next year since he moved to Nashville from his native Australia. "I've had the lowest of lows here and the highest of highs here," said the singer. Ronnie Milsap presented Keith with a plaque commemorating his star on the Walk of Fame. "He truly is a wonderful spirit," said Ronnie. His advice for Keith? "Kiss that star. You'll be on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow," said Ronnie, to the laughter of the audience that gathered to watch the induction. Keith later did just that.
Noting the influence of artists such as Ronnie on his career, Keith said, "That contemporary side of country music, which is so multifaceted, is what drew me here. I first came in 1989, and nothing was here—not the Hall of Fame, not the Bridgestone [Arena]. The second I got here, I loved this town."
Keith spoke of his love for Nashville as a child in Australia. "As a 7-year-old I thought, 'I'm going to Nashville, wherever that is.' It was so predestined for me to come. It was magic town for me."'
It certainly has been a magical town for Keith; his career is not only centered in Nashville, but his family as well, with wife Nicole Kidman (who was also in attendance) and their two daughters, Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.
"I met my wife and brought her to town and crossed my fingers that she would love it here. I thought, 'I'll take her to Leiper's Fork,' and I asked, 'Would you like to live here?' She said, 'Absolutely,' so that was a good day for me," he said with a laugh. "Our two daughters were born here, so we have two little Southern belles. To be honored next to Bill Anderson and Ronnie Milsap is a huge honor and I'm so glad that you all are here," he told the crowd.
The Walk of Fame park first opened in 2006 and now boasts 50 stars.