Keith Urban showed how he's not afraid to tackle abuse head-on with his new song, "Female."
A tender ballad he'll be performing during the awards telecast, "Female" is dedicated not just to the women in Urban's life but also to the power they inherently hold yet are so often denied – and the hardships they encounter just by virtue of their gender.
Over the last week, a deluge of allegations have come out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, ending with him getting fired from his own company.
Urban heard the song for the first time three weeks ago, and it clearly resonated at a moment when so many women - including his own wife, Nicole Kidman - are speaking out about the epidemic of abuse, harassment and assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
"The writers wrote this song on October 10th and I heard it the next day," Urban tells Rolling Stone Country. "I got to hear it fresh out of the oven, and it was instant love for me. I know all three of [the writers] and I think obviously the tone of times right now was weighing on all of them, and compelled them to write this song. It affected me not just as a husband but also as a father of two young girls, and a son. I had a heart reaction – my first thought was that it was a gospel soul prayer mantra, all rolled into one."
One of Urban's favourite lines is 'When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it/Just cause she was wearing a skirt'. "It's extraordinary songwriting," Urban says about the lyric.