Watch: Keith Urban Honors Loretta Lynn, Performs With Luke Combs in Nashville

Keith Urban and Luke Combs chatted about their wives and Combs' infant son while on stage.

Keith Urban paid tribute to Loretta Lynn at his Nashville concert Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. The two have a long and lasting friendship that dates back to the 2005 CMT Awards when Urban went as her date at her request.

Lynn passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4., at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. She was 90 years old.

On Friday, the same day she was reportedly buried next to her husband on the farm, Urban honored her with performances of “Blue Eyed Kentucky Girl” and “If You’re Looking at Country” as pictures of her flicked across the massive screens.

“We love you, Loretta,” Urban said.

Urban honored her when he received news of her passing, too.

“There’s unique artists, and I mean truly unique artists, and then there’s the very rare ‘one of one’ unclonable originals,” he wrote on social media. “That was THE Miss Loretta Lynn. Bold, fearless, unfiltered, hilarious, smart as a whip, trailblazing (all with a glint in her eye), and gold in her heart.

In the same post, Urban recalled their night at the CMT Awards and the time she asked him to jump out of her birthday cake.

“From (the 2015 CMT Music Awards) all the way through her 87th birthday bash in 2019 where Miss Loretta asked me to jump out of a cake for her - which I gladly did - she’s been a true believer,” he said. “It’s hard to quantify what she brought not only to country music, but to millions of people everywhere. A voice that was needed. Subjects and themes nobody else would dare write and sing about. She did it.”

Urban said he was “profoundly grateful” for the “all too brief time” he spent with the Country Music Hall of Famer.

“Blessings to you and your eternal light Miss Loretta and to all of your family and friends,” he concluded.

Lynn wasn’t the only country star Urban praised on stage Friday night. He also welcomed Luke Combs into the spotlight. The men chatted before Combs covered Eric Church’s part on the Urban/Church duet “Raise ‘Em Up.”

Combs told Urban that his wife Nicole was named after Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman.

When Urban asked if she was there that night, Combs told him she was too tired and was home with their infant son.

Latest News