We are coming up on the second anniversary of the first public outing of Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, the 2006 Grammy’s. Interesting that is the only time that Kidman and Urban paid attention to the music industry’s biggest night. For Urban, the Grammy’s are a chance to be seen and to acknowledge all of those who share the music community with him. For Kidman, it was a very long evening and important for her image. For the Grammy folk it was a night they would have loved to put behind them.
Keith was up for Best Country Performance - Male for You'll Think of Me, a song that was already three years old. But Keith was a Grammy darling. He had been nominated a few times since his first solo record in 1999. He was coming off his best career year ever. He was expected to win.
Keith had become a fixture at the awards ceremony. He performed in a tribute to Southern Rock in 2005; a performance that caused people to notice him. He presented a few other times. He respected the award; the Grammy people liked him so much so they included him in one of their special nights.
The night before the Grammy’s in 2006 there was a tribute to James Taylor at Music Cares, a division of the recording academy. Keith was there and performed. He was ill, but he did a good job. Of course few noticed this because Keith had someone at his table that sulked, frowned and seemed pretty bored by the music and the performers. Her name was Nicole Kidman.
Yes, Kidman was at the program and was as noticeable as her shiny forehead allowed. But she was outclassed by the musicians that were there. Kidman found out that the music community is as tight as her botoxed face. She wasn't welcome and she reacted to this rejection by having a first class hissy fit and subjecting Keith to a bit of words that ruined his evening.
On to the Grammy’s: Keith's award was presented off-camera. Kidman chose to attend but snuck in at the very last minute in a "not" obvious white trench coat. Her entourage held up several seats and many could not sit because they were being held until Kidman could be seen and seated. She took a quick glance around the room after Keith got his award and she noticed there were no cameras, so she left. Keith went to the press room and fended off questions about Kidman. Not one reporter asked him what it was like to hit the heights of music and about his struggle to get there and what that win meant for him. Nope, it was about Kidman. Meanwhile the main show was about to begin.....
The 48th annual Grammy awards opened with Stevie Wonder, music icon and rare public performer. The people were in their seats, Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, U2 and musicians from all types of music. Wonder was halfway through his song when a rustle in the crowd made the cameras look to the audience and there they were -Nicole Kidman and that country music dude that she was dating. She caused such a ruckus that it ruined the end of Stevie Wonder’s performance. But that was the goal; to get noticed, to cause a ruckus, and to produce those lovely photos that they still use to this day. Music be damned, it was all about the big public outing. The Grammy folks saw it all. Kidman stayed in the audience for the entire show but looked bored and tired. Why did she stay? Because Keith was interested in the show. He cared about the music and the evening. Kidman did not and she doesn't care about his music or music in general to this day. It was just another place to be seen and foster her image to the world.
If you have followed the famewhore since this event you will have noticed that she never stays at awards shows until the end, nor has she been to the Grammy’s since. Been there done that, eh Nicole? But you see those awards were important to your husband and his career. Wendy Day even uses them when writing about the overblown down-under couple. The world knows the power of winning a Grammy. Kidman only saw it as being a way to get some press about her private life. Does anyone wonder why Keith and Kidman haven’t returned to the Grammy Awards after that night? Let's hope for the sake of the folks that run the awards they don't use the 50th anniversary awards for more of their PR propaganda.