Keith Urban performed his current single “Brown Eyes Baby” on an outdoor stage set against the backdrop of the Texas state capitol in Austin during the 2023 CMT Music Awards.
When deciding which song to perform, Urban says it was an easy choice. “I think it’s one of those songs … I certainly found a lot of people who relate to it the way I relate to it,” he told CMT.
With a sparkle in his eyes, Urban performed with a unique passion and charisma that have earned him fans around the world. He gets lost in the music yet still connects with his audience while delivering electrifying guitar solos.
Overhead cameras showed thousands of fans filling the street block in front of the outdoor Congress Avenue stage. Urban addressed the crowd at the end of his performance, saying “I love you Austin, thank you CMT.”
Fans can relive the performance of “Brown Eyes Baby” along with “”Live With” in an extended cut that airs on CMT later this week.
Urban is planning to head to Las Vegas in June for an all-new residency, Keith Urban: The Las Vegas Residency, which will be held at Bakkt Theater (formerly Zappos Theater) at Planet Hollywood June 16 through July 1 and November 1 through 18.
Last November, Urban told Billboard that he and producer Dan Huff are “feverishly working away to try and finish [the new album], which I hope will come out early mid next year.”
Co-hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, the 2023 CMT Music Awards featured performances from Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, and Tyler Hubbard.
Additionally, the show included one-of-a-kind collaborations, including a 10th anniversary of CMT Next Women of Country celebration featuring Alanis Morissette with Lainey Wilson, Ingrid Andress, Madeline Edwards, and Morgan Wade. Gwen Stefani and Carly Pearce joined forces for a special collaboration, while Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown teamed up for the television premiere of their chart-topping duet, “Thank God.”
The Black Crowes and Darius Rucker delivered a first-time collaboration of “She Talks To Angels,” and Wynonna Judd and Ashley McBryde will also take the stage together.
The show also included a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan from Gary Clark, Jr. and a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute from Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Cody Johnson, Paul Rodgers, Slash & Warren Haynes and LeAnn Rimes & Wynonna Judd as honorary “Honkettes.”
Rising stars Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Nate Smith, and Megan Moroney made their CMT Music Awards performance debut on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.
Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Charles Esten, Dixie D’Amelio, Dustin Lynch, HARDY, Ian Bohen + Jen Landon (Yellowstone), Jon Pardi, LeAnn Rimes, Madison Bailey (Outer Banks), Max Thieriot (Fire Country), Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things), Parker McCollum, Peter Frampton, Shania Twain, Steve Howey (True Lies) and Travis Kelce appeared as presenters.
The coveted awards show aired live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 2 at 8/7c on CBS. It was also available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+.