Why Famous: Born in New Zealand, Keith Urban grew up in Australia where he released his first solo album in 1991. A move to America followed a year later where Urban has built a hugely successful career as a singer-songwriter and music producer. Primarily known as a country music artist, Urban is also recognized for the strong pop and rock elements to his music.
Based in Nashville, Urban briefly formed a band The Ranch and worked as a session musician for such artists as Garth Brooks. In 1999 he released his first self-titled solo album in the US which included the No. 1 Billboard Country hit "But for the Grace of God".
Urban has on to release a number of successful albums including the crossover album "Defying Gravity" (2009), which went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
In 2013 Urban joined the cast of the reality TV show "American Idol" as a judge. Urban has been widely recognized in the industry, winning a number of Grammy awards and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2012.
Urban is also known for his marriage to fellow Australian, actress Nicole Kidman and for his struggle with substance and alcohol abuse.
- 2006-06-25 Actress Nicole Kidman (39) weds country music singer-songwriter Keith Urban (38) at Cardinal Ceretti Memorial Chapel in Manly, Australia
- 2002-09-21 Farm Aid 15 held in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, Gillian Welch, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and The Drive-By Truckers
- 2004-11-09 38th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride & Keith Urban wins
- 2005-04-11 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney wins
- 2005-05-17 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win
- 2005-07-02 Live 8 concert in front of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; performers include Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, The Black-Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and Linkin Park
- 2005-11-15 39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson wins
- 2006-04-10 40th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney win
- 2006-05-23 41st Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Keith Urban win
- 2006-11-06 40th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban wins
- 2010-06-09 44th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban win
- 2017-06-07 51st CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood win