Keith Urban Set To Perform at the 2012 American Country Awards

Country music superstar Keith Urban is set to perform with seven young musicians who have participated in the GRAMMY Foundations GRAMMY Campmusic program on the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS, airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las VegasMonday, Dec. 10(8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The performance is intended to highlight the need to support music-based initiatives that attract young people to music and encourage their musical pursuits. As part of the campaign, a $25,000 donation will be made to support the GRAMMY Foundations GRAMMY in the Schools programs, including scholarship support for GRAMMY Camp.
Through the years, Urbans commitment to music programs has been consistent and unwavering. Hes been an active participant in the efforts of The Grammy Foundations Grammy Camp and Nashvilles Music Makes Us program and has encouraged aspiring musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform. His annual Were All For The Hall concerts have raised nearly $1.5 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which supports numerous music-based initiatives, and just recently he participated in the Halls first All Access music program.
Additionally, hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth each will be added to the list of performers for AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS.
The two-hour, star-studded special also will feature appearances by Eli Young Band, Lindsey Buckingham, Carmen Electra, Florida Georgia Line, Gloriana, Love and Theft, Penn & Teller and the San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt and Barry Zito. Previously announced participants includeNatasha Bedingfield,Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina,champion cowboy Trevor Brazile,Casey James,Miranda Lambert,LeAnn Rimes, Lee Brice, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch,Ron Whiteand Chris Young.
The two-hour live music spectacular offers country music fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area touring encompassing the entire spectrum of country music.
In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Keith Urban with its Horizon Award, designating him a talented artist with a bright future. He is the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMAs Male Vocalist of the Year, a title hes captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. More than 15 million albums later, Urban is a four-time Grammy Award winner, who has also won a Peoples Choice and American Music Award.Hes won five Academy of Country Music Awards and had 14 No. 1 songs, including 28 Top 5 hits. In 2012, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. His latest CD, Get Closer,comes on the heels of his fifth consecutive platinum or multi-platinum release. It has produced three consecutive No. 1 singles: You Gonna Fly, Long Hot Summer and Without You.
In 2009, Urban was named radios most-played country artist, thanks to No. 1 hits such as Sweet Thing, Youll Think Of Me, Only You Can Love Me This Way, Better Life and Days Go By. In addition, his 2002 smash, Somebody Like You, was named the No. 1 Country Song of the Decade by Nielsen BDS (based on radio airplay and audience impressions).
But Urbans reputation as an elite songwriter, musician, vocalist and virtuoso guitarist is no more evident than when he is onstage. His electrifying concerts have played to sold-out venues in Australia, Germany, England, Canada and the United States, all while receiving high praise from critics. In fact, 2009s Escape Together World Tour, as well as 2007s Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour, were both, according to Pollstar, one of the top-grossing tours for their respective years. Last year, his Get Closer 2011 World Tour solidified Urban as one of the music industrys best live performers.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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