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Keith Urban on ‘Ripcord’ ACM Awards Nod: ‘It’s Crazy’

Keith Urban 2017 ACM Awards
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Keith Urban is nominated for seven ACM Awards in 2017, including Male Vocalist of the Year and the night’s highest honor, Entertainer of the Year. However, it’s his nod for Album of the Year, for his 2016 album Ripcord, that means the most to the singer.

“As an artist creating something, for me, the goal is to get out what I had in, and get it out complete — get the picture right. If I’ve achieved that … You feel fantastic. And whether this song or this album or anything connects with anyone, someone, no one, becomes very secondary to getting it out, birthing it the way it was meant to me. There is an incredible joy in that happening,” Urban shared at a recent media event. “So then, when it gets nominated for something, it’s crazy.

“I guess it would be like watching our daughters win something as well,” he continues. “Having her was everything, and now she’s winning something? Bonus.”

In addition to his aforementioned ACM Awards nods, Urban is also nominated for Single Record of the Year, for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” That song, written by Steven Lee Olsen, Hillary Lindsey and Clint Lagerberg, is nominated for Song of the Year as well.

“I hope we win. That would be great,” Lagerberg says. “It’s shocking; it’s everything rolled up into the emotion you feel. You see that announcement, and it’s everything behind you up to that point that you’re getting hit with every time.”

The 2017 ACM Awards are set to take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 2, and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. For the first time ever, the show will take place at T-Mobile Arena; Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return as co-hosts.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2017 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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