Last night, country superstar Keith Urban was honored at the Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill Awards in Washington, D.C.
Urban was recognized with the Recording Artists' Coalition® Award for his musical achievements and commitment to numerous music education programs that have inspired young musicians and provided thousands of musical instruments to underserved programs across the country.
While accepting the award, he told the audience, “I fell in love at a very young age, and I was quite smitten. I thought about her all the time. I wanted to be with her, I wanted to get to know her better, and we were really inseparable. And lucky for me, the feeling was mutual.”
"Now, bear in mind, I was only six — but this love of mine, she felt like she was the first one who really understood me. And with her I felt confident, I felt accepted, and she really taught me so much about myself and the world… my first love was my guitar,” he went on. "For a kid like me who was really shy, very insecure, moving around a lot trying to meet new kids — I was very just awkward, and I found that guitar at six years of age and it completely changed my life."
Some of the big name attendees on hand for the occasion included Martina McBride, Wynonna Judd, John Popper of Blues Traveler, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix.
Before the ceremony, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement about the special honoree, "Keith Urban is an outstanding member of our music community with an extraordinary passion and focus on inspiring and educating the next generation of creators. It is fitting and a great joy to recognize Keith and highlight his ongoing commitment to the future of music.”