“It’s really a song about not having to go it alone.” That’s Keith Urban talking about his single “God Whispered Your Name” prior to performing the track at the 2020 CMA Awards, underlining its importance in a year where community and connection have never been more important.
The entertainer of the year nominee performed the single remotely — as CMAs co-host Reba McEntire put it while introducing Urban, “He’s down under in Australia tonight, but we couldn’t do this show without him.” After introducing “God Whispered Your Name” and dedicating the performance to the sacrifice made by frontline workers around the world in 2020, Urban proceeded to give the single a stripped-down presentation, performing solo with an acoustic guitar and letting his lyrics guide him.
“God Whispered Your Name” is featured on Urban’s recent album The Speed of Now Part 1, which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart upon its September release. Urban is competing against Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood for entertainer of the year at the 2020 CMAs.