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About 28 Years After Moving to Nashville, Keith Urban Gets His Turn to Host the ACMs

PHOTOS A Gallery of His Best Moments Since 1992

It's been almost 28 years since Keith Urban officially moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992. And in that time, he has accomplished so much. Starting with his role as Guitar Player in Alan Jackson's "Mercury Blues" video.

After that, Urban wrote and wrote and wrote, which is what he came to Nashville to do. But it wasn't until his self-titled debut album came out in 1999 that anyone outside of Nashville had heard of him. Then came his debut single "But for the Grace of God." Urban wrote it with Jane Wiedlin (one of The Go-Go's) and Charlotte Caffey and it went all the way to the top of the charts.

Then Urban went on to do all the things. He has played fairs, fests, bars, clubs, amphitheaters, arenas, stadiums and awards shows. He has won ACM Awards, CMT Awards, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, CMA Awards, People's Choice Awards and more. He's played concerts, sporting events, fashion shows, train station pop-ups, benefit shows and the Grand Ole Opry. His life has been curated at an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has made Nashville his home, and he found love and started a family. He's written songs, played those songs and sang those songs. He has opened for his heroes and backed them when they needed a sideman. He has been a judge and a mentor on a reality show. He has collaborated with friends, and made friends of his collaborators. He has won the hearts of millions of country fans.

But this? This he has never done.

It was announced on Thursday morning (Feb. 27) that Urban will be the host of the upcoming 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5.

“As if having a new song out today wasn’t enough, I also get to host the ACM’s in April,” said Urban in a press release. “I’ll tell you -- this year already feels like the most creative and energized year of my life... and there’s so much more to come. Incredibly grateful -- and ready to roll!”

And that has us thinking back on everything Urban has done leading up to the show. Here are some of our favorite shots from Urban's 28 years in America, in no particular order:

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: (EDITORS: This image has been converted to black and white.) Keith Urban performs at Country to Country (C2C) at The O2 Arena on March 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Ball/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Keith Urban performs at c2c Country to Country at The O2 Arena on March 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman attend the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: Keith Urban poses with the Entertainer of the Year award in the press room during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 05: Keith Urban performs at the 2019 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for CMT )
CHICAGO, IL - JUN 22: Keith Urban performs at Lakeshake Music Festival on June 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - AUGUST 21: Keith Urban takes selfies with fans at the 13th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on August 21, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Academy of Country Music)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 06: Keith Urban performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on September 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 02: (Editors Note: Image has been converted to black and white.) Keith Urban attends Don Williams: Music & Memories of the Gentle Giant at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on November 02, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Danielle Del Valle/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 06: Keith Urban performs on stage during “Stars and Strings Presented by RAM Trucks Built to Serve,” a RADIO.COM Event, at the Fox Theatre on November 06, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images for Entercom)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 15: Keith Urban performs onstage during the ATLive 2019 concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 15: Keith Urban performs onstage during the ATLive 2019 concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 15: Keith Urban performs onstage during the ATLive 2019 concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 15: Keith Urban performs onstage during the ATLive 2019 concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - FEBRUARY 10: Keith Urban performs at All for the Hall: Under the Influence Benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Bridgestone Arena on February 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - FEBRUARY 10: Keith Urban performs at All for the Hall: Under the Influence Benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at Bridgestone Arena on February 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)
Keith Urban at Farm Aid in Pittsburgh, Pa. on 9/21/02 (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
Keith Urban on 6/30/02 in Chicago, Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
Keith Urban won top new male vocalist at the 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca. 5/9/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
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384057 09: Country singer Keith Urban arrives at the 28th Annual American Music Awards January 8, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Newsmakers)
Keith Urban arrives for the 34th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, TN, 10/4/00. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
ALLENTOWN - AUGUST 23: Keith Urban performs at Crocodile Rock on August 23, 2000 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images)
Portrait of New Zealand-born Australian country singer Keith Urban as he rests his elbow of the arm of a chair, 2000. (Photo by Russ Harrington/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
Capitol Nashville recording artist Keith Urban performing at The Bottom Line in New York City, 7/31/01. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.
396925 11: Horizon Award winner Keith Urban arrives November 7, 2001 at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Adele Starr/Getty Images)
405643 07: Keith Urban arrives for the 37th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards May 22, 2002 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Keith Urban performs at the 37th Academy of Country Music Awards Show afterparty. Keith Urban performs at the 37th Academy of Country Music Awards Show afterparty. (Photo by Trench Shore/WireImage)
Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Keith Urban performs at the Mercury Lounge in New York City, September 25, 2002. His new album, "Golden Road" will be released October 8th. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 05: Keith Urban performs onstage during the 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival - Day 2 held on April 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15: Keith Urban performs as part of the iTunes Festival at SXSW at the Moody Theater on March 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Recording artist Keith Urban attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Recording artist Keith Urban attends the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Keith Urban performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 07: Keith Urban, BMI & ASCAP Celebrates Keith's No. 1 Song "Little Bit Of Everything" at Aerial In Nashville on October 7, 2013 in Nashville, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
FAIRFAX, VA - NOVEMBER 23: Keith Urban performs at the Patriot Center on November 23, 2013 in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by ML Layton/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 6: Keith Urban performs during the THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE! COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC'S BIGGEST NIGHT® broadcast Friday, Dec. 6 (10:00 11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white) Keith Urban performs during the NFL Kickoff 2013 Presented By Pepsi at Baltimore Inner Harbor on September 5, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Keith Urban performs during the NFL Kickoff 2013 Presented By Pepsi at Baltimore Inner Harbor on September 5, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Keith Urban performs onstage at the 2013 CMT Music Awards Rehearsals Day 2 at Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Keith Urban kisses the hand of jury member Nicole Kidman as they attend the 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 16: Keith Urban performs during Keith Urban's Fourth annual We're All For The Hall benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena on April 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Recording artist Keith Urban performs onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Musician Keith Urban arrives at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 21: Keith Urban speaks at a press conference as he is inducted into The Grand Ole Opry on April 21, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Tony R. Phipps/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 14: Musician Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman attend the 2008 CMT Music Awards at Curb Event Center at Belmont University on April 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 18: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS***Musician Keith Urban arrives at the 43rd annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA/Getty Images for ACMA)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 04: Musician Keith Urban performs during the 2008 NFL Kickoff at Columbus Circle on September 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Musician Keith Urban performs during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: Performer Keith Urban signs autographs on the red carpet at the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACM2009/Getty Images for ACM)
Actress Nicole Kidman(L) and husband/musician Keith Urban arrive at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Farina/Corbis via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 06: Musician Keith Urban performs onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards' Artist of the Decade held at the MGM Grand on April 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Musician Keith Urban attends the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Keith Urban attends the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Tony R. Phipps/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Keith Urban attends the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Musician Keith Urban attends the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)

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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30: Recording artist Keith Urban performs during Tiger Jam 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: International superstar Keith Urban performs surprise concerts for commuters at NYC and Philadelphia Amtrak Stations on November 16, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Amtrak)

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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Keith Urban accepts theJim Reeves International Award during the 4th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on September 20, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Keith Urban attends the 4th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on September 20, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)
24 April 2010: Keith Urban performs on the Mane Stage during the first day of the Stagecoach Festival held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA. (Photo by Paul Hebert/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 19: Recording artist Keith Urban performs during the "Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo" show presented by the Academy of Country Music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena April 19, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 18: Musician Keith Urban performs onstage during the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2010/Getty Images for ACMA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Musician Keith Urban poses with Best Male Country Vocal Performance award for 'Sweet Thing' in the press room during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Musician Keith Urban performs onstage at the 2010 MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Neil Young at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Musician Keith Urban poses in the press room at the People's Choice Awards 2010 held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Keith Urban gives an acoustic performance at Joe's Bar on November 14, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)

Urban also released a brand new single on Thursday. "God Whispered Your Name," written by James Slater, Shy Carter, Micah Carter and Chris August, is part of what he says is a whole bunch of new music coming out soon.

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