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The Year in Country 2013 -- Keith Urban Lights the "Fuse" on "American Idol"

Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Keith Urban moved behind the American Idol judges table in 2013, along with Randy Jackson and the constantly-fueding Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey . Video of those two ladies involved in a war of words at the audition table overshadowed the season, but Keith thrived as a mentor to the up-and-coming talent, including country-flavored finalists Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur . As a result, Keith is the only judge from 2013 returning for the 2014 season. He'll be sitting alongside returning judge Jennifer Lopez and American Idol newcomer Harry Connick, Jr . for the upcoming 11th season, kicking off in January.

Keith also stayed hot on the road, and the country charts. His Light the Fuse tour did big business all year, while his Fuse album produced two #1 hits -- "Little Bit of Everything" and the Miranda Lambert duet, "We Were Us." On top of onstage collaborations with The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton this year, Keith also launched his own line of guitars through HSN. The instruments came with a starter kit for aspiring guitarists.

In April, Keith hosted his fourth annual All for the Hall concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with special guests Jason Aldean , Eric Church , Hank Williams, Jr . and more. The All for the Hall concerts have raised more than $2 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, thanks to Keith's efforts in spearheading the event.

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