Keith Urban walked the Grammy red carpet alone Sunday (January 26), and told reporters that he was leaving “asap” to be with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, who was at home sick with the flu.
“My wife is home with the flu,” the 52-year-old, said. “A lot of that going around…she’s in good hands. She’s home with our girls tonight and I’m heading home ASAP.
In another red carpet interview, Urban was asked about how the news of NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s death would affect the spirit of the Grammy Awards. Urban shared his feelings after hearing the news, saying, “I immediately wanted to be with my family. I wanted to be with my friends. My relationships with everybody, with human beings mattered. It was the only thing that mattered.”
It was evident that Keith was anxious to get home to his wife and daughters, but the 4-time Grammy winner fulfilled his duties by presenting the night’s first award, allowing him to take leave early in the evening. The country singer helped present the Best Pop Solo Performance trophy before leaving.
Keith has a long history with the Grammy awards having been nominated 19 times and earning four Best Male Country Performance trophies in his career. In 2017, he was joined by Carrie Underwood to perform their double-platinum hit song “The Fighter.” Revisit Keith and Carrie’s performance in the video below.