Keith Urban covers Avicii, Aretha Franklin in tribute medley

He honored those we lost in 2018.

Keith Urban honored musicians we lost in 2018 with a touching medley at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve concert.

The Aussie country star started off the tribute with “Zombie” by The Cranberries, whose lead singer Dolores O’Riordan died early last year. Urban then transitioned into “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, drawing the audience into a touching sing along. Franklin passed last August after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The singer also paid tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Roy Clark with “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms,” and honored Avicii by covering the EDM star’s country-influenced smash, “Wake Me Up.”


Around the four-minute mark, Urban segued into the final song of the medley, “Sweet Home Alabama” to pay tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist, Ed King. He brought then Peter Frampton onstage for the performance, ending it with a wicked guitar duel.

It was Urban’s third year headlining Nashville’s New Year’s Eve concert, and a tribute medley has become a tradition of sorts for the singer at the annual concert. Watch 2018’s touching tribute below:

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