AUSTRALIAN country music star Keith Urban had two things to smile about when he won a Grammy Award for male country vocal performance.
He beat off Willie Nelson to win the award for You’ll Think of Me, and his girlfriend, Nicole Kidman, accompanied him to the US recording industry’s biggest night of the year.
The pair, both 38, have been shy about publicising their relationship. Last night in Los Angeles they joined music stars and an estimated TV audience of 650 million for the show.
Urban, from Caboolture in Queensland, was more successful than Kylie Minogue, who missed out on an award for her dance single I Believe in You. She won the category last year with Come into My World, but was pipped by the Chemical Brothers with Galvanise, a single off the winning dance album Push the Button.
Rock band U2 won five Grammys for their album How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. The Irish group won three Grammys last year for the album’s first single, Vertigo.
A highlight was an appearance by funk-master Sly Stone, who hadn’t performed in public since 1993.
Rapper Kanye West and the resurrected Mariah Carey won three awards each.
Record of the year went to punk rockers Green Day for Boulevard of Broken Dreams off the album American Idiot.
Kelly Clarkson, the only product of the Idol TV franchise to achieve worldwide success, beat Carey for best female pop vocal with her single Since U Been Gone.