Country superstar Keith Urban opened the annual CMT Awards Monday night (April 11) with a blast, bringing fans to their feet.
The singer-songwriter dedicated his opening performance at the 2022 awards show to his fellow “Wild Hearts” by playing his top 10 song of the same name to start the show.
CBS, which is airing the show (for the very first time), took to social media to write on Twitter to its 1.2 million followers: “.@KeithUrban bring everyone together #CMTAwards stage as he kicks off the show! Where are our WILD HEARTS? »
The Aussie singer set the stage for the big night, performing as lights flashed and hands clapped. Urban released “Wild Hearts” in August and it’s the lead single from his upcoming 12th album, which as of yet doesn’t have a name or release date.
For this year’s show, host Kelsea Ballerini does the honors digitally after contracting COVID-19 at the 11th hour. She had to withdraw from hosting in person. But fellow host, actor Anthony Mackie, was joined by a “backup KB”: country star Kane Brown. Brown has hosted the show twice in the past.
Brown is also the night’s most nominated artist with four names, including video of the year for his hit song “One Mississippi.”
Urban, who is not nominated tonight, is a 15-time winner of the CMT Award.
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