Keith Urban & Bill Anderson Inducted To Walk Of Fame
Thrilled that his 20-year journey he took around the world to follow his dream was being commemorated in the ceremony, the Aussie artists told WKRN.com, "The second I got here I loved this town. I grew up with all these records - my dad's record collection - and on the back of them they all said 'recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.' So as a 7-year-old boy I said, 'Well, that's where I'm going to go. Wherever that is, I'm going there."
Keith's subsequent rise to fame didn't come easily; he spent over a decade struggling to find his place in the scene before gaining the attention of labels, getting some radio hits and landing at the top of the charts. So the Walk of Fame star was particularly special to him not only because it marked his arduous journey to the top, but also because legend Ronnie Milsap was there to dedicate it to him, and his wife Nicole Kidman was right nearby cheering him on."
"The absolute lowest of lows of my life and the complete highest of highest of highs have all happened in Nashville, and some of those great parts have been meeting people who are here today. To have Ronnie Milsap here to induct me into the Walk of Fame is quite surreal. And if some small little kid from some nowhere town in the middle of Australia can do it, you absolutely can do it too."
Bill Anderson was also inducted with a star on the Walk of Fame during the ceremony, and got emotional when he announced to the crowd he has a new 18-month-old Chinese granddaughter who was adopted by his son and his daughter-in-law the day before. "Someday I look forward to bringing her down her and showing her this."
The event was open for people to see in downtown Nashville, and fans had camped out since 5:00 AM to catch a glimpse of both Keith and Bill during the ceremony.
The two new stars now bring the count to 50 on Music City's Walk of Fame.