Keith Urban Plans Throat Surgery

Entertainer Will Have Polyp Removed From Vocal Cords

Keith Urban is scheduled for surgery on his vocal cords later this month, according to a statement released Thursday (Nov. 3) by his publicist.

The statement refers to the surgery as a minor outpatient procedure, noting that it “will require complete voice rest followed by an undetermined period of recuperation.”

However, Urban is not canceling his performance slot on the CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 9), his publicist confirmed. He is nominated for entertainer of the year.

The statement clarified that Urban is scaling back appearances that require multiple songs, yet will honor pre-existing one-song performance commitments leading up to the procedure. However, his scheduled appearances at the Grand Ole Opry on Nov. 12 and Nov. 26 have been canceled, an Opry spokesperson confirmed. All other appearances will be rescheduled in 2012.

In addition, Urban’s All for the Hall benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been postponed. No new date has been set. The all-star show was originally scheduled for Jan. 18 in downtown Nashville. However, the on-sale date was scheduled for Dec. 2, so no tickets were available at the time of the announcement.