Keith Urban To Host Australia’s ARIA Awards

Keith Urban. Photo: Mark Seliger

Keith Urban has been tapped to host the 32nd Annual ARIA Awards, Australia’s Grammy Awards, on Nov. 28 in Sydney. It will be his first appearance at the ARIA’s in over a decade since he joined John Butler onstage in 2007 for a performance. Urban has won five ARIAs, but this will mark his first time hosting the event.

“ARIA is honored and excited to welcome back superstar Keith Urban to join us in Sydney to celebrate the 2018 ARIAs.” said Dan Rosen, Chief Executive ARIA. “To have one of Australia’s biggest stars host this year’s ceremony is just phenomenal. Australian music fans are in for a real treat.”

Earlier this year, Urban’s first studio album in nearly two years, GRAFFITI U debuted at No. 1 in Australia along with No. 1 positions in Canada and the United States. Urban remains the only male country artist to debut at the top of the all genre charts simultaneously in three countries (U.S., Canada and Australia), a feat that no other male country artist has achieved once, no less twice. His previous album, the Platinum-selling RIPCORD, was the second highest-selling album in Australia in 2016 and spent 27 weeks in the Top 10 and 46 weeks in the Top 20 of the ARIA Albums Chart. Urban is no stranger to the ARIA charts with a total of 14 ARIA Platinum-selling singles and albums.

He will head to Australia in February on his GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR, where it’s already seen sell-outs in Newcastle, Melbourne and Brisbane.


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