Last nights CMA Awards show kicked off with a powerful rendition of Amazing Grace from Eric Church into Darius Rucker’s Hold My Hand featuring just about every major star in Nashville. There were a number of touching tributes to those that country music lost, including Glen Campbell, Troy Gentry and Don Williams, recognition of the slaying of country music fans at an outdoor concert in Vegas just a month ago as well as some good natured poking at the current US president and his former rival in the opening segments hosts, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, but one of the most moving moments was the stripped down performance of his new song “Female” by Keith Urban.
The song was inspired in part by the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood’s film industry with a focus on the predatory behavior and abuse of power at the heart of that ongoing story.
Keith told Billboard magazine:
“As a husband and a father of two young girls, it affects me in a lot of ways And as a son — my mother is alive. It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it’s incredible how now I’m surrounded by girls. The song just hit me for so many reasons.”
If you missed the performance last night, you can see it here:
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 9, 2017