No doubt actress Nicole Kidman is proud of her man. Country singer, Keith Urban, has just been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Better yet, he's the first non-American to hold such an honor.
Keith hails Australia as his home, even though he was actually born in New Zealand. However, he's been living in America and singing country music for many years. He loves it here too and often pays tribute to his home away from home.
Urban received the prestigious honor this past weekend after performing at the Opry in Nashville. The 44-year-old country-western star seemed genuinely touched by the recognition.
"This is a responsibility that I take deep to the heart of me," he said in his acceptance speech. "I honor the history of country music, but I absolutely fully dedicate myself to the future of country music, as well," he finished.
Urban took the time to thank his wife Nicole and their daughters, Faith Margaret and Sunday Rose, for sticking it out with him. The also thanked the Opry members who made the award possible, his faithful fans and lastly his parents. It's the latter he credited with getting him into country music. He laughingly noted that, in the beginning, they had to drive him to all his gigs.
Keith Urban deserves the honor, American or not, because he personifies the values associated with the Grand Ole Opry and country music. It was a perfect decision offered at just the right time. Congratulations, Keith!