Keith Urban – A Response To Sexual Assault Scandals
At Country Music Association Awards, the statements of the evening were left to Keith Urban, who offered the live debut of his brand-new song Female, which had premiered earlier in the day. Written as a response to the sexual assault scandals that have reached from Hollywood to Nashville, it was well-meaning but slightly tone deaf considering that there wasn’t a single woman on the stage.
Keith Urban explained its existence to The Associated Press, saying, “I am surrounded by females in my life. I grew up in a house with boys, no sisters. Now I am in a house that’s all girls. So this song speaks to me on a lot of levels.”
Miranda Lambert, CMA Awards winner as Female Vocalist of the Year, praised Keith Urban for Female and responded by turning in one of the standout performances of the night with her understated To Learn Her, a subtle comment of her own from The Weight of These Wings. As Lambert proved at the ACM Awards last spring with her rendition of Tin Man, less can be more at these star-studded events, a fact that Pink reinforced a little while after. This year’s big-name guest from the pop world, much as Beyoncé had been last year, Pink sang the haunting Barbies, off her album Beautiful Trauma, from a stool surrounded by female musicians.
Country music has lost a number of stars in 2017, and the most emotional tribute was one paid to Troy Gentry, which saw his Montgomery Gentry partner Eddie Montgomery sing My Town with Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts. But another was equally effective by once again keeping things simple, as Little Big Town were joined on piano by Jimmy Webb to sing Wichita Lineman, a song that Webb wrote nearly 50 years ago for Glen Campbell.