Country music star Keith Urban of Whangarei, New Zealand sang the Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Nashville Predators Western Conference Final home playoff game against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. It was the first time that Urban has ever performed the American national anthem.
Urban has won awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Country Music Association Awards, the Country Music Television Music Awards, the Billboard Awards and Grammy Awards. He is known for his songs "Somebody Like You," "You'll Think of Me," "Sweet Thing," "Til Summer Comes Around" and "We Were Us." Urban is married to Oscar Award winning actress Nicole Kidman, who won best actress for the picture "The Hours" in 2002.
Urban is one of six high-profile musicians or groups to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for the Predators in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is joined by Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. Underwood is married to Predators captain Mike Fisher.
Urban meanwhile was a lucky charm for the Predators in game three. Roman Josi scored the game-winning goal with 2:43 left in the third period as the Predators beat the Ducks 2-1. With the win, Nashville has taken a 2-1 series lead.