Keith Urban Gets Emotional for Stripped-Down 'We Were' Performance at the 2019 CMA Awards

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Keith Urban performs onstage during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019 in Nashville.

Back in May, country veteran Keith Urban released the touching single "We Were," his first sampling of new music since wrapping up promo behind his 2018 album, Graffiti U. On Wednesday night (Nov. 13) at the CMA Awards, Urban delivered a powerful rendition of "We Were" before the Nashville crowd at Bridgestone Arena. 

Wearing a leather jacket to complement the one worn by the song's protagonist, Urban performed a stripped-down version of "We Were" featuring little more than his own voice and acoustic guitar. Backdrops showing a morning sunrise and a starry, moonlit sky further complemented the sentimental lyrics about wayward youth.

Watch a taste of the performance below:

"We Were" was written by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde and produced by Urban and Dan Huff. It's so far peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart

Urban was nominated for two awards at the 2019 CMAs -- entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year -- but went home empty-handed. For a full list of the winners and nominees, check out the link above.