Keith Urban‘s having a pretty great week. His new album, Defying Gravity, debuted at #1 on the Top 200, his first chart-topper, and he just won an ACM award for his duet with Brad Paisley. It’s been a long road for the 41-year-old, whose been performing since childhood.
A clue as to why it took him so long to reach this career peak can be found in photos from his initial burst of country stardom at the beginning of the decade. Frankly, he dressed like a deranged cross between Billy Ray Cyrus, David Spade and Gram Parsons. You could blame it on the failure of his first engagement (to a veterinary technician), the joy of belated success, or drugs—lots of drugs. No matter what the reason, we’re glad wife Nicole Kidman‘s around to keep the guy in smart suits and tasteful on-stage casual wear. Don’t screw this one up, Keith.
Check out Urban’s pre-Nic fashion crimes in the gallery below.