In just a few short weeks, on Feb. 12 to be exact, Keith Urban will find himself surrounded with women.
When the 59th annual Grammy Awards show airs, he will be the lone man in the category for best country solo performance. And when the Academy of Country Music’s Tempo magazine asked him how he felt about that, it sounds like he cares less about what it says about men and more about what it says about women and the music they’re making.
“I just think of it in terms of the work itself,” Urban said. “I think there’s always been a rich history of strong female artists and country music, that’s never changed.
“It’s just the cycle of what the music is in at any given time. The bro-country thing happened and that has been what it’s been.”
And looking back on this particular Grammy category — which became a combination of best female and best male performances starting in 2012 — the list of male nominees definitely gets shorter every year, and the list of females gets longer.
In 2013, there were five males and one female.
In 2014, there were four males and one female.
In 2015, there were three males and two females.
In 2016, there were two males and three females.
“Women were still making great records all through there, and I think these results at the Grammys is sort of a testament to that, too,” Urban added.
In the best country solo performance category, Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is up against Brandy Clark’s “Love Can Go to Hell,” Miranda Lambert’s “Vice,” Carrie Underwood ’s “Church Bells” and Maren Morris’ “My Church.”