OFFSTAGE: Why Did Keith Urban Congratulate Ryan Seacrest at Grammys?

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Am I reading too much into this? Sunday night (Feb. 13) during the Grammy red carpet special on E!, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman spent a little time with host Ryan Seacrest. And one of the first things Urban said to him was, “And congratulations.” He didn’t say on what. But he did give Seacrest what seemed to be that look — like a you-know-what-I’m-talking-about look. It could have just meant, “Congrats on the great season of Idol,” or “Way to go on your awesome radio show.” But I think it meant something more. Could there be some news about Seacrest and his steady romance with Julianne Hough that only his show biz friends know? I’d put my money on that — even though she didn’t offer any hints about anything (or flaunt any left-hand bling) during her red carpet interview. The rest of the two-hour broadcast was full of nice interviews and glam dresses and designer name-dropping, but the Urban-Seacrest exchange was the biggie for me. Bigger, even, than the embryonic-stage womb that Lady Gaga arrived in.