Keith Urban has revealed that he collaborated with rapper and singer Post Malone for a new TV special honoring legendary cross-genre musician Elvis Presley. The special will feature performances from a wide swatch of artists on all ends of the genre spectrum, including Shawn Mendes and Mac Davis as well as country stars such as Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, the Pistol Annies and Darius Rucker.

In a recent interview with E! NewsUrban explained that he is a big fan of Post Malone, and admires his musical diversity. "He's the real deal," the country superstar comments. "He's so eclectic. So steeped in all kinds of music. I love him."

Urban is not the first country artist to show an appreciation for Malone's style. In November of 2018, Michael Ray shared his own soulful, slowed-down take on the rapper's chart-topper, "Psycho." Likewise, Jon Langston -- the flagship artist of Luke Bryan's recently announced record label, 32 Bridge Entertainment -- is known for covering the rapper's "I Fall Apart" in live shows.

The new Elvis tribute special was taped over the course of two days in front of a live audience, and took place on the same stage where NBC's The Voice is filmed. The event commemorates Presley's iconic 1968 television special, in which the icon performed live on NBC for the first time in seven years, garnering the network its highest-rating show that television season. Presley's daughter and granddaughter, Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough, will participate as co-hosts in the new tribute. The show is slotted to air early in 2019.

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