Keith Urban Performs A Moving Tribute Medley For Musicians We Lost In 2016

George Michael, David Bowie, Prince, and more.

The world lost quite a few cultural icons in 2016, including several beloved musicians, from David Bowie to George Michael. As saddening as their deaths have been, and as disappointed as we are that we won't be able to enjoy new work from them in the future, we're lucky to have so much of their existing music available to remember them by and for the hit-makers of today to cover.

On New Year's Eve, Australian country music star Keith Urban did just that by performing a medley of classics by six icons we lost in 2016: George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, and Prince. The moving tribute, which aired on CNN, was part of the Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight New Year's Eve concert in Nashville.

"I want to take just a second to give my thanks to a few of the artists that we lost in 2016 and that have left an incredible mark on music," Urban told the crowd. "Some of it on me — I grew up with a lot of these artists. By no means is this everybody, but I put this medley together. If you know any of the words, please join in."

The performance began with George Michael's "Careless Whisper" and ended with Prince's "Purple Rain." During David Bowie's "Heroes," Urban's wife Nicole Kidman joined him on stage to dance and sing along. (The actress famously performed the song with Ewan McGregor in 2001's Moulin Rouge.)


Watch Urban's full medley in the video below:

(H/T: Billboard)


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