ACM performer Keith Urban shares the rule that keeps his marriage to Nicole Kidman strong

Keith Urban is revealing the secret to his successful relationship.

Urban and actress Nicole Kidman have been married for 17 years, but during an interview with Fox News Digital ahead of the AMC Awards, the singer shared it is not always easy managing his career with his personal life.

“It’s balance. It’s always family first, and it’s balanced, so it means it goes out of balance sometimes, and we just put it back in balance,” Urban said. “It’s never perfectly in balance, but we get it back on track.”


Keith Urban told Fox News Digital, it’s all about balance when it comes to making his marriage and career work. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

Urban is looking forward to opening the ACM Awards with a performance of his song “Texas Time,” and he revealed it will feature something special to him.

“So the guitar I have is a 1950 Fender Broadcaster, leather-bound, that used to belong to Waylon Jennings. He had it all through the 70s and 80s,” Urban explained. “I ended up getting that guitar from my wife because I’m a huge Waylon fan, and this is the perfect place to bring that guitar out and play.”

Waylon Jennings holding a guitar

Keith Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman gifted him a guitar that used to belong to Waylon Jennings of The Highwaymen. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Aside from performing with his special guitar, Urban is excited to see Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks team up to host the show, calling the whole thing “surreal.” He is expecting them to bring it, saying they both “have such a good devilish wit, humor about them” and he thinks “it’ll be pretty amazing to watch them go at it.”

Some of country music’s biggest names are set to hit the ACM stage, and many will be collaborating for the first time, something Urban is looking forward to.


“There’s so many collabs this year which is really cool. Martina McBride is going to be playing with Carly Pearce I think and Trisha is going to be performing as well. It’s a lot,” he said. “I mean just seeing Dolly and Garth host, it’s going to be insane.” 

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Country music legends Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks are hosting the ACM Awards this year. Keith Urban said they’ll be fun to watch because they both have “a good devilish wit.” (Getty Images)

Keith Urban performing at the CMT Music Awards Outdoor Stage

Keith Urban is a 12 time ACM Award winner, having won in the top new male artist, male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year categories. (Photo by Maggie Friedman/Variety via Getty Images)

Urban himself is an 12 time ACM Award winner, having won top new male artist in 2001, male vocalist of the year in 2005 and 2006, video of the year in 2014 and entertainer of the year in 2019, along with a few other awards. 

While Urban is honored to be recognized, his favorite part of being in the business is when he gets to perform.

“It’s surreal, it’s crazy. The fact that we’ve gotten to make those records and have gotten the nominations and the various wins we’ve had is great,” Urban explained. “For me, it’s about playing. I love playing. I love the fact that we get to play, and it’s always about that.” 

His love of performing led him to take on  a residency at the Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, starting in June 2023.

Keith Urban playing the banjo on stage

Keith Urban is excited to start his residency in Las Vegas, saying he’s able to put on a show he wouldn’t otherwise be able to. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)


“It’s amazing, Vegas is such a blast. The energy and the crowd and the show that we get to do there especially,” he said. “You can put on a show that you couldn’t possibly put in trucks and carry around on a tour, so we get to do stuff that we could never do if it wasn’t for that residency.”

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