Keith Urban heads home to host 2018 ARIA Awards on NINE

Richard Wilkins and Keith Urban
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Australian superstar Keith Urban will return home to host the 32nd Annual ARIA Awards on November 28, exclusive to Nine and 9Now.

Nine will be hoping the high-profile music star will help to deliver a significant audience boost for the awards ceremony which has had a chequered history on television. In recent years the awards have moved between Nine, TEN and 9Go.

These days the ceremony is scheduled for late November so that is falls just outside of the official ratings period.

Urban, a singer-songwriter, guitar maestro and producer, has had 14 ARIA platinum-selling singles and albums that have earned him five ARIA Awards to date.

“I’m really looking forward to coming home and celebrating an incredible year of Australian music,” said Urban, a multiple ARIA and American Grammy Award-winning artist. “There’s been so many impressive releases this year. It’s going to be a tough competition, but we get to recognise and honour the best of the best at Aussie music’s night of nights.”

With incredible success in Australia and the USA, Urban has sold millions of albums, songs and concert tickets worldwide. He has had 24 number one hits in the USA, won four Grammy Awards, 12 CMA (Country Music Association) Awards, 11 ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards, and become one of the biggest artists in the world.

“We are thrilled that Keith is hosting the ARIAs this year,” said Richard Wilkins, Nine’s Entertainment Editor. “We at Nine have great affection for Keith going back to his role as Coach on The Voice and I’ve long been a major fan, he’s an incredible talent and a great guy, it’s going to be whole lot of fun!”