KEITH AND CARRIE DEBUT “THE FIGHTER” STATESIDE
Eleven-time ACM Award-winner Keith Urban and 12-time ACM Award-winner Carrie Underwood dazzled audiences at the 59th Grammy Awards with their new duet, “The Fighter.” The performance began with a flattering introduction from actor John Travolta, who called Urban and Underwood “the most dynamic duo since Danny and Sandy.”
The duet is the fifth single from Urban’s album Ripcord, which was nominated at the Grammys for Best Country Album of the Year.
“It’s a song about helping to heal and protect someone you love,” said Urban about the single. “It’s a song about reassurance that you’ll always be there to take the blows the world can throw. Carrie and I had sung together before, and I thought our voices blended really well — so she was unquestionably the right choice.”
Underwood previously accompanied Urban on stage in December during the Australian leg of Urban’s Ripcord World Tour. The duo performed “The Fighter” for the first time live in Wellington, New Zealand.
To date, Urban has been nominated for 17 Grammy awards. He has received four total, with the most recent being Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2011 for “’Til Summer Comes Around.” Likewise, Underwood has received 14 Grammy nominations over the course of her career, of which she has won seven. Most recently, she took home Best Country Solo Performance in 2015 for “Something in the Water.”
Both Urban and Underwood received nominations for Best Country Solo Performance this year; Urban for “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and Underwood for “Church Bells.”