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Keith Urban Turns the Tables on ‘We Were’ at CMA Awards

What a perfect performance....

Written by Chris Parton
Keith Urban Turns the Tables on ‘We Were’ at CMA Awards
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: Keith Urban performs onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images,)

Country icon Keith Urban turned the tables on the typical awards show performance at the 53rd annual CMA Awards, delivering “We Were” with his back to the all-star crowd.

Standing alone on the stage with just a guitar, everything was backwards when Urban started into his latest hit. Sporting a black leather jacket and looking completely at ease, he was facing the back of the stage, with the camera revealing the audience behind him.

“This song is about a first love, fake IDs, leather jackets on the back of a Harley,” Urban said as in introduction. “Maybe sneaking into a club to hear a band play a little ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me,’ thinking it would last and not realizing it would fade like a stamp on the back of a hand.”

With no band to help him out, Urban delivered “We Were” completely alone with just an acoustic guitar — but his legendary skill was more than enough to captivate the whole Bridgestone Arena. The stage he stood on eventually spun around to a more traditional position, revealing a backdrop of stars and the rising sun … and a spirit lifting sense of romantic maturity.