Keith Urban recalls knowing Taylor Swift would be a huge star when she was his first act (exclusive)
Keith Urban always knew Taylor Swift would have a great career. ET’s Rachel Smith spoke to the 53-year-old singer and her Academy of Country Music Awards co-host Mickey Guyton ahead of Sunday’s ceremony, and Urban recalled having Swift open for him during his World Tour Escape Together in 2009.
“She was great on the road,” Urban said of Swift. “People asked me, ‘Can you feel that she was going to be what she has become?’ And I was like, ‘I think everyone knew that. You could see it clearly. “
“She was playing way beyond where she was,” he continued. “She was fine in the future. You could tell.
Meanwhile on the road with Urban, Swift was in her midst Intrepid time. When Swift decided to re-record her Intrepid album, which she titled Without fear (Taylor version), she asked Urban to sing on two of the new fan tracks, “That’s When” and “We Were Happy”.
Urban told ET he first heard Swift’s unreleased songs while shopping at a mall during the Christmas season.
“I get a text from Taylor. So I go to the food court and I sit in the food court and she says, ‘I have a few songs that I want you to sing. Do you want to hear from them? ‘ And I say to myself: “Of course”, ”he remembers. “So I have the AirPods and I’m sitting in the food court with everyone walking around and listening to these two unreleased songs from Taylor Swift. I’m like, ‘This is crazy.’ “
Urban noted that he was “delighted” that Swift asked him to sing on Without fear (Taylor version) and “I loved doing it”. “The fact that they were both unreleased was very exciting for me,” he added.
Now that the Urban and Swift collaborations are here, Urban turned to hosting ACMs with Guyton from Nashville on Sunday.
“Mickey is going to be my lucky charm this year,” Urban said, before Guyton admitted she was “nervous 10” during the concert.
“Unfortunately, we’re not really going to have such a large audience, which takes some of the pressure off, and that helps,” she said. “I still can’t believe I have this honor. I am so excited. I don’t take it for granted… I can’t even understand how beautiful this moment is.
Although this is the second time Urban has hosted the show, it is the first time for Guyton and it is another step in his rise to the top of the country music scene.
“I’ve been playing country music for 10 years. For so long I was just trying to fit in. The moment I let go of all these limitations I was putting on myself … it all turned around,” he says. it. . “Now I’m here, right now, and I just want to break these doors down and open them to anyone who wants to come through.”
“Country music is such a beautiful genre. There’s a reason two strangers like Keith Urban and I fell in love with it, because the music is really beautiful,” she continued. “I just feel honored.”
In addition to the entertainment, Guyton and Urban will take the stage during Sunday’s show; the first will perform “Hold On” and the second “Tumbleweed”.
“I’m a little nervous about this because generally we should have played this song several nights a week since it was released in September, and now we haven’t done a single gig,” Urban said of his. performance. . “… I’ve never played this song with my band outside of the studio, so I’m a little freaked out, but at the same time, a little dizzy at the thought of going in and understanding it.”
The 56th ACM Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Cafe, Sunday April 18 at 8 / 7c on CBS. Here’s how to watch the ACM Awards.
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